Firebreaks are natural or man-made breaks in fuels or vegetation that prevent fire from spreading. They are important for prescribed burns and wildfire assistance because they provide an opportunity to keep fire contained within a specific area.

Firebreaks are areas that are cleaned of fuels and reduced to mineral soil. They are created by using special equipment and hand tools to form trenches or harrows. GFC recommends firebreaks be two times the width of the expected height of the flames.

GFC provides the service of plowing pre-suppression firebreaks to landowners.

Plowing is scheduled on a first come, first-served basis and limited to 25 hours per landowner if other requests are pending. Once all requests have been serviced, additional plowing in excess to the 25 hours may be available.

Plowing & Harrowing Costs

  • A minimum one hour fee is charged for plowing, based on tractor size needed (as determined by the GFC).
  • Over the minimal one hour charge, plowing will be charged in tenths per the hour meter on the tractor
  • An additional flat-rate transportation fee will also be charged
  • Established pre-suppression firebreaks may be refreshed by harrowing; fees for harrowing are calculated the same as plowing

All pre-suppression firebreak plowing will be completed in accordance with Forestry Best Management Practices. To schedule plowing services, contact your local GFC office.

Obtain a burn permit.

Most types of outdoor burning in Georgia require a permit from GFC. NOTE: Burning Permits are good only for the day they are issued. If you obtain your permit after dark, your permit will be good for the following day.


For more information about obtaining burn permits, contact GFC at 1-877-OK2-BURN (652-2876). You can also contact your local GFC office for more information.

Monitor Wildfire Conditions

The GFC Fire Weather System provides area fire weather forecasts. The state is divided into ten forecast areas to provide the most accurate local information.

View Fire Weather Forecasts