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No illegal burning!

October 24, 2007

Albany--  Despite the drought and the fire danger in Georgia, the Georgia Forestry Commission says people continue to burn illegally.

Foresters say they regularly respond to small fires started from controlled burns that get out of control. Often, the person who starts the fire doesn't have a permit to burn.

Even if you do have a burn permit, firefighters say home and landowners need to be extremely careful.

"Once a fire starts running, it's very difficult to control it especially wild land fires and stuff like that. Hundreds of homes have been burned down in California and it only takes one to start another one," said Ron Rowe with the Albany Fire Department.

To get a burn permit from the Forestry Commission you should visit your local office or call 1-877-OK-2-BURN. Burning without a permit is a misdemeanor and you could have to pay what the Forestry Commission has to spend to put out the fire.

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