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Burn ban ends
Daily permits will be issued
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Forsyth County News

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Residents may soon get a whiff of that familiar fall scent of burning leaves.

That’s because the state lifts its outdoor burn ban Thursday and the Georgia Forestry Commission will begin issuing burn permits, depending on weather.

According to a release from the commission, permits will be issued daily to residents for burning small leaf or brush piles that are 6 feet by 6 feet or smaller near their homes.

The permits only allow for burning natural vegetation, including leaves, brush, logs and stumps.

Residents will have to seek permission from the Forsyth County Fire Marshal’s Office for larger burns.

According to the statement, “nearly 50 percent of [Georgia] wildfires are a result of careless burning.”

The commission warned against burning on dry or windy days. It also recommended clearing an area around the fire down to dirt to prevent flames from spreading, keeping a water hose and tools nearby and staying with fires until they are completely out.

For more information about burning in Dawson or Forsyth counties, call the Georgia Forestry Commission at (706) 216-2713.