Campfire ban on Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests

If you have a camping trip planned on one of northeast Georgia’s national forests, you might want to reconsider. A ban on campfires on the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests is in effect until Dec. 16, according to an order signed recently by Gainesville-based Forest Supervisor Judy Toppins.

The restrictions include “charcoal-based fires whether contained in a grill or not.” However, “commercially available” camp stoves are exempt. The ban also includes “any kind of firework or other pyrotechnic device.”

The area covered by the campfire restrictions is included in that part of Georgia where drought conditions persist. Drought conditions now cover 64% of Georgia 97.5 Glory FM | North Georgia’s Family Radio Station (