Burn ban now in effect for Gwinnett

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The burn ban for Gwinnett County officially went into effect May 1 to comply with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources ban on open burning.

The ban, which will last until Sept. 30, encompasses 54 counties in the state.

According to a media release from the Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division imposes an annual ban on outdoor burning to comply with Federal Clean Air Regulations due to the ozone being at unhealthy levels.

The EPD has identified outdoor/open burning as a significant contributor of the pollutants that form ozone.

The outdoor burn ban includes trees, limbs and other yard waste.

However, there are certain circumstances where burning is allowed:

-- Fires for agricultural practices zoned RA-200/residential agricultural or a forestry service prescribed burn.

-- Fires for the purpose of training firefighter personnel.

-- Permits are required for all bonfires for activities sponsored by educational, civic, religious or other groups for the purpose of celebration.

For more information, call the Fire Plan Review for Permits at 678-518-6000 or go to www.gwinnettcounty.com.