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Big fire in Colquitt County was controlled

May 4, 2006

Albany -- A 175-acre fire spread through Colquitt County Thursday, but luckily it was all under control by the Natural Resources Department and the Nature Conservancy.

The fire was part of a prescribed burn, intended to make vegetation in the natural area of Colquitt County grow better. Fire is key in maintaining longleaf pine trees and the pitcherplant bog areas in Doerun.

It doesn't kill the plants, but actually helps them survive.

"Fire is beneficial for them. It helps keep the hardwoods out of here. It helps a lot of the grasses coming in. It helps a lot of these plants flower and fruit, and it's also very beneficial for the wildlife that calls this place home," said Nathan Klaus.

This burn is timed to stimulate fertile seed production by the wiregrass in the area.

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