Campfire restriction issued till end of year for National Forest

Very high wildfire danger continues across much of Georgia due to the hot, dry weather pattern and dead and dry vegetation. Fire managers are concerned about wildfires getting bigger faster – as they will be more intense and resistant to control. A campfire restriction is now in place for all of the Chattahoochee and Oconee National Forests. 

The restriction prohibits building, maintaining, attending or using a fire or campfire outside of developed recreation areas until Dec. 31. That means only campfires built within metal fire rings or elevated cement grills, in developed campsites, are allowed. Camp stoves are still permissible. 

The Forest Service reminds visitors that campfires should always be put out completely and feel cold to the touch before being left for any period of time. 

It has been over a month since any significant rainfall has occurred. This is 16 inches below normal for some areas of the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests. 

Additionally, the fall leaf drop has begun which can increase re-burn potential in areas that have previously burned, or around campfires that appear to be out. 

Firefighters are responding daily to small fires caused by escaped campfires and leaf burning. Fire crews will continue to mop up, patrol and monitor these wildfires. Additional firefighting resources are ready to respond to new starts. 

To learn more about Georgia’s national forests, download the official free mobile app for your smartphone or tablet, or visit us on the web at www.fs.usda.gov/conf. You can also get the latest forest news by liking us on Facebook and following us on twitter @ChattOconeeNF. 

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