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Dry, hot weather increases forest fire risk

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Very high temperatures, with little to no rain, are drying out fuel that could feed South Georgia forest fires.

Forest rangers are still issuing burn permits, but they warn if you burn, don't walk away while the fire is going, or until you are certain it's out. 

"We do caution everyone to be careful with their burns, to make sure that they're good and out to where we don't have problems with fires breaking out from burns that people expect to be out, when actually they may be smoldering," said Chief Forest Ranger Tom Lambert.

Small fires sometimes pose the most danger, because they aren't supervised closely enough.

Rangers say those are the fires that are often next to structures and can do the most property damage.


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