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August 4, 2006

Albany -- The rain we've gotten this week has helped dampen south Georgia's wildfire problem, but not much.

Forestry rangers say wildfires ran rampant through south Georgia earlier this year because of the dry weather.

Several lightning strikes in a dry area caused more than 31 acres of young pine trees to burn up in east Albany last week.

Rangers say the rain has helped some, but not enough."It's scattered so we still have a lot of areas that have not recieved any rainfall, so those are the areas that we're worried about right now," said chief ranger Deanna Pietras.

Rangers say during dry weather you should avoid controlled burns because they can easily get out of control.

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