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Prescribed Burning Certifications Issued

September 20, 2007

Albany - - It's a safe way to prevent wildfires and it's good for the environment, but prescribed burns should only be set by a trained professional.

Thursday, 75 people attended a Georgia Forestry training session at Darton College. Representatives from the Department of Natural Resources, private landowners, even military officials were on hand to learn the correct way to set fires.

"They learn about fire behavior. How fire is going to act under certain conditions. They learn about weather forecasting, how weather is going to affect their fire, how to manage their smoke and then about safety and state regulations and laws on outdoor burning," says Neil Edmondson of the Georgia Forestry Commission.

They had to pass a 75 question test in order to receive prescribed burning certification. People interested in learning more about prescribed burning can attend a public workshop Thursday at 8 AM at the Rural Development Center in Tifton.  

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