Forsyth County’s burn ban will go into effect Tuesday.
Mandated by state, the countywide ban applies to all outdoor burning, including leaves, trash, yard debris and storm damage.
The ban is imposed by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division in an effort to comply with federal clean air regulations.
During the summer months, ozone in the air can reach unhealthy levels. Open burning has been identified as a significant contributor of the pollutants that form ozone.
The ban will last through Sept. 30 with limited exceptions, including recreation/cooking fires, campfires in approved areas and open flame equipment such as tar kettles.
Those types of fires do not require notifying the Forsyth County Fire Department or the Georgia Forestry Commission.
For more information on the ban, call the local fire marshal’s office at (678) 455-8072.