Exceptions to the ban include:
• Agricultural burning, not including land use changes
• Campfires or barbecues
• Firefighting training with appropriate permit
• Operation of open flame
• Explosive disposal in accordance with U.S. Department of Labor Safety regulations.
A countywide, state-mandated ban on outdoor burning is set to take effect Monday and will last through Sept. 30.
The burn ban prohibits all outdoor burning, including of leaves, trash, yard debris and storm damage, according to Sarah Dunlap, a spokeswoman for the Forsyth County government.
According to the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, which imposes the ban to comply with Federal Clean Air regulations, defines outdoor burning as any outdoor fire that do not pass through a stack, chimney or duct.
“During the summer months in Georgia, the ozone in the air can reach unhealthy levels,” Dunlap said. “Open burning has been identified as a significant contributor of the pollutants that form ozone.”
Failure to adhere to the burn ban may result in fines.
For more information or to determine whether a type of burning is allowed, call the Forsyth County Fire Department Fire Marshal’s Office at (678) 455-8072.