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Outdoor Burn Ban in Effect Until Sept. 30

The last day for outdoor burning was April 30.

Gwinnett County residents are reminded that the Georgia Environmental Protection Division's annual ban on outdoor burning is now in effect. 

The annual ban, which runs from May 1 through Sept. 30, is put into effect due to health concerns associated with pollutants created by outdoor burning — the smoke can negatively impact air quality during hot summer months by contributing to high ozone levels.  

"These restrictions are required by the state Environmental Protection Division so that fewer chemicals and particle pollutants are released into the air," Georgia Forestry Commission Chief of Forest Protection Frank Sorrells said in a news release. "The risk of wildfire is also high at this time, and the Georgia Forestry Commission will be closely monitoring fire  activity to keep Georgians and their property safe."

The open burn ban prohibits residents and businesses from burning yard debris or land clearing debris. 

M.K. OSBORNE May 02, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Twigs and branches in a HOA setting can be a challenge , what i would do is call on a friend that lives in a area that can have campfires or better yet compost it naturally in the woods over a longer period of time . I would like to see local landscape/nurseries offer there customers the service of chipping up these items on a small scale since they have the means . Bring one for the chipper is nice for the trees but i think your situation needs a solution or partnership since it garners a true everyday challenge in unincorporated Gwinnett .
M.K. OSBORNE May 02, 2012 at 01:07 AM
oh , try charles at greening forward .. the website says they will pick up .
M.K. OSBORNE May 02, 2012 at 01:08 AM
How much are we talking about , bags ,truckload .
Kristi Reed May 02, 2012 at 01:11 AM
Probably truckload. I have some serious pruning I need to do.
M.K. OSBORNE May 02, 2012 at 01:31 AM
You have entered the Money zone , roll off container to inert landfill , or rent chipper shredder , or a hail mary to Charles or the local plant nursery/landscape . Keep me posted on any progress .Ask this same question to Gwinnett C & B and let us know , then ask your County extension agent .... sounds like a great topic is a brewing .

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