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October 1, 2007

Worth County --  A spark that ignited dry grasses along Highway 33 in Worth County, has the Georgia Forestry Commission offering a warning.  

Several hundred feet of brush and trees burned this afternoon after being ignited by a spark alongside Highway 33 North. Sheriff Freddie Thompkins, returning from a funeral detail, spotted the fire near mile marker 19 not far from the Forestry Commission and called for help.

Forestry Officials say this shows how quickly small fires can get out of control.  "Anytime you're burning you want to be careful no matter how experienced you think you are, the wind plays a very important part in it, the wind comes up and it will get away from you in a second," said Worth County Chief Ranger Lester Green.  

The Forestry Commission is issuing burn permits, but on a restricted basis. They say much of south Georgia remains dry from drought conditions.

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