Forestry Commission issues advisory on outdoor fires

With the current exceptional drought and extreme fire danger, large wildfires are burning throughout North Georgia. A smoky haze, especially in the mornings can be expected off and on until significant rainfall is received. Residents should not be concerned simply by the smell of or the sight of light smoke as these conditions will most likely happen regularly.

However , if there is heavy smoke or visible flames near their house they should call 911 immediately so fire resources can respond and access the situation.

On another note, burning permits are not being issued at this time for the types of burns that require a permit due to the extreme fire danger. Recreational type burning (campfires, cooking fires, charcoal grills, etc.) are not restricted at this time. but extreme caution is advised if residents choose to participate in these.

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P.O. Box 1076
Ellijay, GA. 30540

Phone: 706-635-4313
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