* 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 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. GFC has 1,260 pending requests for plowing and harrowing services and 836 for burn assistance. We are diligently working to provide services to those who have requested them and those who have been waiting. We’re tackling the backlog and taking service requests by phone at each of our local GFC offices.

As a reminder, our offices remain closed to the public but are staffed by one person daily who answers calls and issues burn permits. New protocols for accepting visitors and meeting with you in person are on the way. Our concern for your health and safety, as well as our staff’s, remains paramount. While we may not be as visible at the moment as you’re used to seeing, rest assured wildfire assistance is fully functional 24/7, vital county operations are continuing and other agency personnel are teleworking. We are here for your questions and your needs.

Again, we appreciate your patience. As spring gives way to summer, we look forward to working with you to keep our forests – and our families – healthy and safe.

One thought on “GFC and COVID-19 – 5/27/20 Update

  1. I can pull up your web site. I can enter the county and what type of permit I need. But, your web site will not let me proceed any further.

    Is your website down? My neighbors are experiencing the same problem.

    Joseph Blankenship

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