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Summer outdoor burn ban now in place

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Gwinnett Fire and Emergency Services reminds residents that an annual ban on outdoor open burning is in place from May 1 through September 30.

During the summer months in Georgia, the ozone in the air we breathe can reach unhealthy levels. The Georgia Environmental Protection Division has identified outdoor open burning as a significant contributor to the pollutants that form ozone. Consequently, outdoor open burning in metro Atlanta and larger counties like Gwinnett, is restricted during the warm-weather season. 

The summer burn ban prohibits residents and businesses from outdoor burning in accordance with state rules. This is in addition to the year-round ban established by local ordinance on the burning of solid waste or household garbage.

Failure to follow the summer burn ban may result in fines.

As always, people should exercise extreme caution when using grills or campfires. The use of charcoal, wood, and gas grills on combustible balconies or within 10 feet of combustible construction is prohibited year-round for commercial buildings and apartments under the Gwinnett County Fire Ordinance.

For additional information on outdoor burning in Gwinnett County, visit the outdoor burning information page or contact the Community Risk Reduction Division at 678.518.4980.