Fire Prevention Week 2020

Fire Prevention Week is observed annually during the first full week in October (October 4-10, 2020.) It’s a good time to think about “good fire” and “bad fire,” both of which have an impact on our lives. Prescribed fires are considered “good fires,” because they are used by knowledgeable practitioners to manage forestland for optimal … Continue Reading →

Ransomware Attack Impacting GFC Online Services

For customers who may need to reach out to GFC for burn permits or service requests, please contact us by telephone for prompt attention. Georgia’s state cybersecurity team is investigating an online security breach at our agency. No customer information has been compromised at this time, and the team is working diligently to resolve the … Continue Reading →

GFC and COVID-19 – 5/27/20 Update

It’s been a trying time for us all. The challenges and restrictions caused by COVID-19 have had far-reaching effects, yet we recognize the land does not abide by society’s rules. Work needs to be done, and you have been extremely patient in working with GFC to move forward. Thank you. Here is where we are. … 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)

Since COVID-19 hit the scene in Georgia, GFC has been researching whether smoke from all permitted sources, including prescribed fire, has a defined impact on COVID-19 transmission, complications or severity. We have been in ongoing communication on this issue with Georgia’s air quality regulators, the Environmental Protection Division of DNR, and with Governor Kemp’s office. … Continue Reading →

Prescribed Fire and COVID-19

During the #COVID19 pandemic, it is imperative that prescribed fire practitioners statewide exercise heightened judgement about smoke management. GFC is communicating with Georgia’s air quality regulators and with Governor Kemp’s office about how forestry and prescribed fire can minimize any potential air quality issues. While those discussions continue, our request of anyone considering a burn … Continue Reading →

GFC and COVID-19

Safety. Flexibility. Service. Those are the themes we’re embracing at the Georgia Forestry Commission during this extraordinary time. While COVID-19 directives have temporarily altered the way we’re working, fulfilling our mission to you and the state of Georgia remains unchanged. Our primary concern is for the safety of our customers and staff. Like you, we … 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.

Special Team Dispatched to Spread Fire Safety Alerts

In response to the deepening drought and the rising risk of wildfire, a special team has been dispatched to north Georgia by the U.S. Forest Service and Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC).