Outdoor Burn Ban In Effect From May 1 Through September 30

All types of outdoor/open burning are prohibited in Gwinnett County. In accordance with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources ban on open burning, 54 counties in Georgia (including Gwinnett) are responsible for complying with the state-issued burn ban from May 1, 2014 to September 30, 2014. 

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) imposes an annual ban on outdoor burning to comply with Federal Clean Air Regulations. During the summer months in Georgia, the ozone in the air we breathe can reach unhealthy levels. The EPD has identified outdoor/open burning as a significant contributor of the pollutants that form ozone. Consequently, open burning in metro Atlanta and larger counties is restricted during the warm weather season.

 The safe and cautious use of residential grills for outdoor cooking is still allowed and does not require a permit. The use of grills on the balcony of apartment buildings is totally prohibited under the Gwinnett County Fire Ordinance.

The following types of outdoor/open burning are banned:

  • You may not burn trees, limbs, or any other yard waste. This includes a ban on the use of air curtain destructors for land clearing.

The following types of outdoor/open burning are still allowed, provided the proper permits are obtained:

  • Fires for agricultural practices zoned RA-200/residential agricultural or a forestry service prescribed burn.
  • Fires for the purpose of training of firefighting personnel.
  • Permits are required for all Bonfires for activities sponsored by: educational, civic, religious or other groups for the purpose of celebration. (Contact Fire Plan Review for Permits at 678-518-6000 or Go to www.gwinnettcounty.com –Departments - Planning and Development - Plan Review Sections - Fire Plan Review)

For additional information, please contact the Gwinnett Fire Community Risk Reduction Division/Fire Marshal’s Office at 678.518.4980 or go to the website at www.gwinnettfiremarshal.com.


Burn Day Information

Burning Banned May 1 through September 30

 

Sunday is NOT a burn day as prescribed by Gwinnett County Code of Ordinances, Chapter 46, Fire Prevention and Protection Ordinance.

Burning Banned May 1 through  September 30

In Atlanta, during the summer months, the ozone in the air we breathe can reach unhealthy levels. Ozone is formed when volatile organic compounds and nitrogen oxides react in the presence of sunlight. A major source of these pollutants is the burning of fuels and other combustible materials. The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) has identified open burning as a significant contributor of the pollutants that form ozone. Therefore, open burning in metro Atlanta and the surrounding areas must be restricted during the summer months. Beginning May 1st and ending September 30th, EPD’s Open Burning Ban will be enforced in 54 Georgia counties.

The Open Burning Ban prohibits citizens and businesses from burning yard and land-clearing debris. This rule is in addition to the year-round state ban on the burning of household garbage.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has issued a ban on open burning May 1 – September 30 of each year. Fifty-four counties in Georgia (including Gwinnett County) are affected. Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services are responsible for the enforcement of this state-issued burning ban within the County.

From May 1 – September 30, you may not burn leaves, tree limbs, or other yard waste, forest land, or use air curtain destructors for land clearing.

Medical Burn Ban
A Medical Burn Ban may be established by the Fire Marshal to provide relief for citizens with a medical condition that may be adversely affected by smoke from outdoor burning.

Citizens may request a Medical Burn Ban by having their medical doctor complete, sign, and submit the “Medical Burn Ban Application” annually and returning the original form to the Fire Marshal’s Office.

Citizens may request a “Medical Burn Ban application” by contacting our office at 678-518-4980 or email firemarshal@gwinnettcounty.com

Upon approval of the request, a Medical Burn Ban will be established for a radius of approximately one quarter mile around the intersection nearest the applicants address.

The Medical Burn Ban prohibits the burning of yard debris, commercial pit burns, and related types of burning within the burn ban area.  Cooking fires and recreational fires being used safely and in accordance with state and local laws and ordinances are not included in the medical burn ban.

Medical Burn Bans will be discontinued May first of each year with the implementation of the Summer Burn Ban by the State of Georgia.  A new application must be completed and submitted to the Fire Marshal’s Office each year.  Previously approved applicants will be notified to renew their application by September first of each year to maintain the medical burn ban in their area.


Medical Burn Ban Locations

Burn Rules & Regulations