Because most fires are caused by humans, extreme care must be exercised whenever open burning is conducted. Campfires, escaped debris burning and ignition by hot equipment are just a few of the things that can spark a fire.
When burning, always check the weather first.
A major cause of debris burn wildfires is not obtaining a permit and burning with improper weather conditions. Changing conditions and wind make it easier for embers to fly and fires to spread. Pay attention to the weather forecast and make special note of low humidity levels and wind speed. GFC has a staff meteorologist and provides online assistance with fire weather forecasts and fire safety information.
Debris burning is Georgia’s #1 cause of wildfire.
Debris burning accounts for over 50 percent of all wildfires in the state. Debris burning is categorized into different types:
- Yard leaf piles – the most common cause of wildfires
- Forestry site preparation
- Construction land clearing
- Escaped prescribed burning
All debris burning requires a burn permit with the exception of agricultural fields or pastures, which require notification. The burning of household garbage is prohibited and not permitted by GFC.
When preparing for any type of outdoor burn, always remember:
- Combustible materials should be removed from a home’s perimeter.
- Exit routes should be identified in advance.
- Keep the following close at hand: shovel, a hose and a cell phone to call 911.
Wildfire prevention is paramount, and GFC provides a variety of services including:
- fire detection
- issuing burn permits
- wildfire suppression and prevention services
- emergency and incident command expertise
GFC provides education in the protection and conservation of forest resources.
GFC’s rigorous training programs ensure responders understand such concerns as:
- fire weather
- fire behavior
- suppression tactics
- use of hand and mechanical tools, heavy equipment
- and much more
|Daily Fire Danger Rating Map||Daily updates of fire risks across Georgia||External Website|
|Debris Burning Safe Practices – English||Best practices to prevent injury and damage when burning|
|Debris Burning Safe Practices – Español||Mejores prácticas para evitar lesiones y daños al quemar|
|Fire Weather Forecast||Current Fire Weather Forecasts and current National Fire Danger Ratings by GFC Areas||External Website|
|Firewise USA®||A program that teaches people how to adapt to living with wildfire and encourages neighbors to work together to prevent losses||External Website|
|Georgia State Wildfires 2012 to Present||View interactive map of wildfires in Georgia from 2012 to the present.|
|GFC Forecast Area Map (2018)||Georgia is divided into ten areas for tracking fire weather forecast conditions.|
|Mechanical Fuel Treatment Service Flyer||GFC’s mechanical fuel treatment offers safe and effective control of understory vegetation that can make wildfire mitigation and control a struggle.|
|Safety First For Landowners Burning Debris||This video provides helpful tips for safely burning debris.||Video|
|Smokey Bear||Wildfire safety through educational programs in schools, civic club gatherings and other public events||Page on GFC Website|
|Wildfire Risk Assessment Portal||Tool to provide a consistent, comparable set of scientific results to be used as a foundation for wildfire mitigation and prevention planning||External Website|