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The annual summer burn ban period came to a close on October 1, 2012 just in time for the onslaught of falling leaves. While the burning ban has been lifted there are still strict requirements in place that we all must follow. Prior to any burning you must check with Gwinnett County Fire Marshall to see if the day is an allowable burn day - this can change on a daily basis. Please get the complete information about outdoor burning click here or you can contact the Gwinnett County Fire Marshal's office at email@example.com or phone 678.518.4980.
Gwinnett County has ordinance restrictions that cover all outdoor burning. some types of fires require a permit. Please read below for details on outdoor burning.
The types of fires that do not require a permit are:
- The burning of leaves, limbs, and natural vegetation that may fall on one's property
- Fires for the purpose of keeping warm
- Fires for the purpose of cooking food for human consumption
- Recreational fires in a commercially available chiminea or outdoor fireplace
The types of fires that require written permits from Gwinnett County Fire Plan Review are:
- Land clearing pit fires
The following general rules govern all burning:
- Never leave an outdoor fire unattended.
- The Fire Marshal's Office may temporarily prohibit any and/or all outdoor fires.
- Burning is not permitted when prevailing winds are predicted to be, or are, in excess of 15 miles per hour, when the National Weather Service issues a Red Flag Warning or a Fire Weather Watch, or during an air pollution episode, such as an air pollution alert, warning, or emergency declared by proper authorities. You also must wait at least one day following the passage of a cold front before burning.
- No burning of solid waste or household garbage is allowed. No burning of any materials that emit a heavy dark smoke, such as rubber products, oils, roofing material, petroleum based products, etc.
- No burning when smoke presents a health hazard to persons near the fire.
- No burning shall be conducted within 20 feet of flammable, combustible, or explosive materials unless otherwise specified by the Fire Marshal's Office.
- No burning on Sundays or nights. Compliant bonfires, cooking fires, and recreational fires in chimineas and outdoor fireplaces may be burned on Sunday and at night provided all other criteria and restrictions are applied.
The use of BBQ grills on the balcony of apartment buildings is prohibited under the Gwinnett County Fire Ordinance.
Complete information about outdoor burning can be found at www.gwinnettcounty.com in the publication Outdoor and Open Burning.
To speak with someone, contact the Gwinnett County Fire Marshal's office at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 678.518.4980.