Thursday, May 23 2013 12:25 PM EDT2013-05-23 16:25:08 GMT
Army Specialist Ciara Smith surprised her son Devin Lewis and her mother Carla Williams today at Devin's Kindergarten graduation at Harper Elementary School in Thomasville. Smith just returned from herMore >>
Army Specialist Ciara Smith surprised her son Devin Lewis and her mother Carla Williams today at Devin's Kindergarten graduation at Harper Elementary School in Thomasville. More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:57 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:57:54 GMT
Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society Volunteer Lacey Williams and WALB's Stephen Abel drew the winning raffle ticket late Wednesday afternoon for a $100 gas card donated by Harold Jackson and PetroleumMore >>
A group of volunteers raised a total of $640 by selling the raffle tickets. The money will be used to fight animal cruelty through education and awareness.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:01 AM EDT2013-05-23 14:01:10 GMT
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:00 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:00:09 GMT
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that metro Albany's unemployment rate declined to 8.6 percent in April, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.9 percent in March. TheMore >>
The unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia region declined to 8.2 percent in April, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.4 percent in March. The rate was 8.8 percent in April a year ago.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-23 11:30:38 GMT
Dougherty County Police believe a pair of convenience store smash and grabs may be the work of the same two men. The first smash and grab happened around 2:20 am at the Pit Stop convenience store atMore >>
Dougherty County Police believe two men are behind a smash and grab and a break in at two convenience stores within four miles of each other.More >>
April 18, 2007
Mitchell County -- It only took a few sparks to ignite these fires that are ravaging Southeast Georgia. That goes to show how dry it is and it's important that you be careful not to start a fire.
The weather is a major factor for the wildfire danger. Rangers say that the wildfire danger in Georgia this April is extreme. Georgia Forestry Commission District Ranger Forrest Sumner said "with no rainfall recovery in most areas, it's a tinderbox."
In the 16 county Southwest Georgia district, the Georgia Forestry Commission says there have already been 725 wildfires , destroying more than three thousand 400 acres, and several mobile homes, barns, and sheds. Right now South Georgia vegetation is so dry, Rangers say almost anything will start a blaze. Sumner said "ignite about any kind of spark, and turn into a wildfire."
Rangers say this April's weather has made normally blooming spring vegetation fuel ripe for fire, especially with extremely low relative humidity, the amount of moisture in the air, and high winds. Sumner said "the relative humidity is a big factor. Couple that with the drought index and all of our fuel hardly has any moisture in it. It appears to be green, but it will burn."
Sumner says 21 of the Southwest Georgia district's 38 rangers have gone to Ware County with their airplanes and equipment, leaving very little resources to battle any fires that should start here. So it's vital that everyone prevent wildfires. Sumner said "we're asking people to postpone any burns till we do receive significant rainfall, because we do have a lot of our resources assisting the Waycross District."
Sumner says any spark, or a cigarette thrown from a car could start a wildfire that could be devastating. Everyone needs to use extreme caution.
Another key factor in wildfires is getting them under control quickly. If you see a wildfire, contact the Georgia Forestry Commission quickly, before it can spread.