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November 27, 2007

Albany -- The Georgia Forestry Commission is still issuing burn permits in South Georgia, but it's not a good idea to burn if you don't have to.

Rangers say there's been an increase in the number of wildfires in the Americus District,  four or five a day.

 A lot of landowners are cancelling their annual land clearing burning. Chief Ranger Deanna Pietras said "because of the dangers to the trees. Everything is so stressed right now it's wide open for all kinds of insects and diseases to be attacking our trees and forest."

Some North Georgia counties have instituted complete burn bans. Some level four drought affected counties allow burn permits only when wind speeds are below 12 miles per hour and the relative humidity is above 30 percent. South Georgia counties are still issuing burn permits.

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