* 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 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 are following all public health guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. That involves a number of measures that impact GFC operations, for now.
- All GFC offices are currently accepting visitors by appointment only. While many of our offices remain staffed and we are working, doors are locked and will only be opened for scheduled appointments. Please call your local GFC office or use email to reach local personnel. Statewide contact information is here: https://gatrees.org/about/county-contacts/.
- Chief rangers and rangers, one at a time, are staffing offices to issue burn permits and respond to customers by appointment. We’re encouraging online burn permitting at GaTrees.org or by calling 1-877-OK2-BURN (652-2876).
- GFC rangers in all areas are on call and available to respond to wildfire emergencies as usual. To report a wildfire, call us. If human lives or structures are in danger, call 911.
- Most other GFC staff in all departments are teleworking and are available by email and telephone. Do not hesitate to reach out directly when you have questions, business requests, or are in need of any regular services provided by the Georgia Forestry Commission.
*We will continue to monitor and adjust to the status of COVID-19 at local, state and federal levels to determine how GFC activities and services will be most beneficial to you and our employees.