Saturday, May 18 2013 9:47 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:47:12 GMT
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks. Police say they responded to the Dollar General on West Jackson Street around 9:15pm Friday. EmployeesMore >>
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks.
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:59:02 GMT
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. Authorities say it happened around 11pm Friday near the 3900 block of Radium Springs Road. PoliceMore >>
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:58:50 GMT
It's graduation time for high schools in Dougherty County and students are ready to embark on their next journey. 230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High SchoolMore >>
230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High School this Saturday morning.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:44 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:44:14 GMT
Investigators are trying to find some clues as to who took nearly two dozen cell phones from a Mitchell County School. Pictures of the Baconton Community Charter School file room show where students cellMore >>
Investigators are trying to find some clues as to who took nearly two dozen cell phones from a Mitchell County School.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 12:48 PM EDT2013-05-18 16:48:01 GMT
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral. 16-year old Keyanna Lang died from a heart condition. Due to her illness the family couldn't keep lifeMore >>
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral.More >>
February 07, 2006
Thomasville, Georgia-- The Georgia Forestry Commission says weather conditions are just right to spark wildfires, especially now, during the middle of prescribed burn season.
Juanita Howard is in charge of logistics at the Georgia Forestry Commission's Thomas County Branch. "I'm called the mitigation specialist. I issue the burn permits," she says. Howard logs each in a book and marks it on a GPS based map, backup for commission firefighters, even after the heavy rainfall last night.
"Grass or so, which is what we call a one hour fuel, or a fine fuel, it can dry out within a couple of hours and you'll be able to burn it," says Chief Ranger, Trent Ingram.
That's something many people are unaware of. And the height of prescribed burn season is now. Permits are free, started by the Commission to identify smoke plumes. "Even though your fire might be out by dark, your smoke is still there," says Ingram.
The branch used to use a hundred foot tower to scan for fires all over Thomas County, but recently, technology has taken over. Airplanes can get the job done a lot faster, and they can cover a lot more area. "They'll fly after lunch. They can cover a county within ten minutes or so," says Ingram.
Thomas falls under district nine, which is made up of 16 counties. Within them, fires must be lit after eight a.m., and out by dark. Only natural, vegetative materials can be burned. If a fire gets out of control without a permit being issued: "They're going to be issued suppression charges," says Howard. Which can vary in cost depending on how much effort is put into putting a fire out.
Out of control debris burns are the top cause of fires in Georgia. If a permit has been issued, there's no charge for the commission having to put one out.