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Georgia fire danger level: HIGH

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Thick smoke billows from the woods at Miller Brewing Company as flames burn the dead grass, leaves and brush below. "What we are doing today is a controlled burn in a controlled environment," said Dougherty County Chief Ranger, Deanna Pietras.

But it wouldn't take much for these flames to get out of hand. "Just like that. One second, it don't take but second. Just turn your back on it, and it is gone," said Pietras.

The current dry conditions make it very easy for a controlled burn to get out of control. "We have a lot of arctic fronts coming through. And when you have does, you get high gusty winds and low humidity," said Pietras.

"You also have a lot of fire warnings with humidity below 25-percent." And it's why foresters want to make sure you get a permit before you burn. "Call us and we can give you the burning conditions, and we can give you the burning tips during the day," said Pietras.

And once you strike that match, "just make sure you stay with your fire and have your hose out there with you," said Pietras.

Foresters also want you to burn during daylight to prevent heavy smoke from building up on Georgia's roadways at night. "In Dougherty County you can burn from 10:00 in the morning to about one hour before sun down and right now that is about 5:00 to 5:30 in the evening."

Foresters want to make sure you get the message. "You are looking at property and lives that could be at stake as soon as you light that match." Because one phone call could not only save yours or your neighbors home, it could save your life.

You can call 1-877-652-2876 to get your daily forecast and fire conditions along your burn permit. You can also click here to get a permit online.

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