Outdoor Burn Ban Goes Into Effect May 1 April 28, 2017 Fire Department, Photo Burn Ban Ban runs through end of September A countywide, state-mandated ban on outdoor burning goes into effect Monday, May 1, and lasts through September 30. The ban prohibits all outdoor burning including the burning of leaves, trash, yard debris and storm damage. The Georgia Environmental Protection Division imposes this ban on outdoor burning to comply with Federal Clean Air Regulations. During the summer months in Georgia, the ozone in the air can reach unhealthy levels. Open burning has been identified as a significant contributor of the pollutants that form ozone. For more details regarding outdoor burning regulations, visit the Fire Department page at forsythco.com or call the Forsyth County Fire Department Fire Marshal’s Office at (678) 455-8072.