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Danger of wildfires is high

October 3, 2003

Albany-- Georgia Forestors ask you to use caution when burning. 

October is the start of wildfire season in Georgia, and they have been more frequent this week.  Thursday, 30 wildfires were reported across the state, and Foresters worry that this fall and winter could be a dangerous one.

"If we continue to be dry, we will have a very bad fire season," says Dianne Pietras of the Georgia Forestry Commission.

Drier conditions, low humidity, and brisk winds mean a small spark could become a widespread fire very quickly. So foresters are asking you to be careful with fires.

The heavy rains in the spring and summer brought great relief to the Georgia Forestry Commission. After five years of drought, they got a chance to rest and pull maintenance on their equipment. But now those rains have made Georgia's woods more likely to burn.

Next week is National Fire Prevention Week. Georgia Forestry asks that you stay aware of the wildfire damage in the coming months.

posted at 3:20PM by dave.miller@walb.com