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Wildfire Disasters

Fires burn an average of about 45,000 acres each year in Georgia. And more than a million acres annually are burned intentionally as part of prescribed forestry practices.

Although wildfire disasters are not likely in Gwinnett County, there is still some risk. Residents should be aware of the dangers and be especially careful with fire and flammable materials during hot, dry weather.

Some grass fires are started by natural causes like lightning, while others are caused by careless disposal of lit cigarettes. Wind can quickly spread fire over a wide area, so extra caution and prompt reporting of such fires is important.

The Gwinnett County Fire Marshal enforces outdoor burning regulations, issues permits, and reviews building plans, alarms and sprinkler systems.