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Outdoor burn ban begins May 1

Forsyth County residents who have tree limbs or other yard debris they want to burn are almost out of time — a state-mandated outdoor burning ban that affects much of north Georgia begins Tuesday, May 1 and will remain in effect until Sept. 30. 

Most outdoor fires, including burning of limbs or other debris, is prohibited during the burn ban. According to the Forsyth County Website, some outdoor fires will still be permitted, including campfires in approved areas and outdoor recreation and cooking fires. 

More information about the Forsyth County burn ban can be found at, under departments and offices, then fire department, outdoor burning regulations.

Before burning any debris, even before the ban goes into effect Tuesday, a burn permit must be obtained from the Georgia Forestry Commission, either by calling 1-87-OK2-BURN (877-652-2976) or online at