Georgia’s Burn Notification System Changes – Coming Soon!

As of July 1, 2021, changes go into effect regarding the legal responsibilities of Georgia landowners burning outdoor yard debris. Under Senate Bill 119, GA code section 12-6-90 was changed to eliminate the need to notify the Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC) by the person, firm, corporation, or association who intends to burn hand-piled natural vegetation/yard … Continue Reading →

Fire Prevention Week 2020

* Georgia law no longer requires notification to the Georgia Forestry Commission by people planning to burn yard debris. Charges may apply if wildfire results from escaped burning and evidence show reasonable fire prevention precautions were not taken. Fire Prevention Week is observed annually during the first full week in October (October 4-10, 2020.) It’s … Continue Reading →

Ransomware Attack Impacting GFC Online Services

* Georgia law no longer requires notification to the Georgia Forestry Commission by people planning to burn yard debris. Charges may apply if wildfire results from escaped burning and evidence show reasonable fire prevention precautions were not taken. For customers who may need to reach out to GFC for burn permits or service requests, please … Continue Reading →

GFC and COVID-19 – 5/27/20 Update

* Georgia law no longer requires notification to the Georgia Forestry Commission by people planning to burn yard debris. Charges may apply if wildfire results from escaped burning and evidence show reasonable fire prevention precautions were not taken. It’s been a trying time for us all. The challenges and restrictions caused by COVID-19 have had … Continue Reading →

Georgia Burn Ban Begins May 1

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE APRIL 30, 2020 Georgia’s annual ban on outdoor burning begins May 1 in 47 counties. The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) puts the restrictions in place during the summer months, when increases in ground level ozone may create health risks. For seven counties that are normally included in the summer burn ban, … Continue Reading →

GFC’s Stance on Burning during the COVID-19 Pandemic (4/9/2020)

* Georgia law no longer requires notification to the Georgia Forestry Commission by people planning to burn yard debris. Charges may apply if wildfire results from escaped burning and evidence show reasonable fire prevention precautions were not taken. Since COVID-19 hit the scene in Georgia, GFC has been researching whether smoke from all permitted sources, … Continue Reading →

Prescribed Fire and COVID-19

* Georgia law no longer requires notification to the Georgia Forestry Commission by people planning to burn yard debris. Charges may apply if wildfire results from escaped burning and evidence show reasonable fire prevention precautions were not taken. During the #COVID19 pandemic, it is imperative that prescribed fire practitioners statewide exercise heightened judgement about smoke … Continue Reading →

GFC and COVID-19

* Georgia law no longer requires notification to the Georgia Forestry Commission by people planning to burn yard debris. Charges may apply if wildfire results from escaped burning and evidence show reasonable fire prevention precautions were not taken. Safety. Flexibility. Service. Those are the themes we’re embracing at the Georgia Forestry Commission during this extraordinary … Continue Reading →

Carefully Planned “Good Fires” Prevent Bad Ones

The many benefits of prescribed fire on Georgia forestland are being recognized February 2-8 during “Prescribed Fire Awareness Week.” Prescribed Fire Awareness Week is recognized annually during the first week in February by land managers in Georgia, from private landowners to state and federal public land managers.