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Prescribed burns more frequent

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

October 27, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - After wildfires scorched hundreds of thousands of acres in Southeast Georgia last year, landowners are apparently doing more prescribed burns. Monday, Dougherty County Chief Ranger Deanna Pietras told the county commission that more landowners are burning woodland areas on a regular cycle of every one to two years.

She says it's a great way to prevent out of control wildfires. "It knocks down the fuel that's out there, it doesn't allow it to just keep growing and growing and building and building. The more fuel you have, the more intense the fire will be."

If you do plan to burn anything, make sure to get a burn permit. If you don't, you could get up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

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