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No outdoor fires, smoking at county parks due to fire danger

A temporary ban on smoking, outdoor grill use and campfires in all Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation facilities is in effect starting Friday, Nov. 18 and will remain in place as long as the risk of wildfire due to prolonged drought conditions remains high.

No outdoor fires, smoking at county parks due to fire danger

Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services and Gwinnett County Community Services are teaming up to keep Gwinnett’s natural resources and private property safe while these dangerous conditions persist.  

Gwinnett County residents and visitors enjoy 10,000 acres of tranquil parkland, natural greenspace and athletic venues for social and recreational activities. That’s why it’s extremely important to protect our parks and keep patrons safe from the potential threat of wildfires. The temporary ban was put in place in response to grass fire incidents at County parks in recent weeks. The fires have not damaged any structures, but the threat of flames burning close to park buildings, athletic fields and private property puts people and resources at risk.   

During the ban, park patrons will not be allowed to use the grills (without permit) and should refrain from smoking or building campfires while visiting park properties. Anyone caught violating the temporary ban could face substantial fines imposed by the County and may be held responsible for restitution based on damage or personal injury caused by the fire.  

Public safety officials in conjunction with parks and recreation staff urge residents to act safely and responsibly while visiting County parks and other outdoor areas. A small spark from an unintentional fire could quickly get out of control due to dry groundcover, low humidity and increased winds.