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Albany Fire Department controlled burn procedure

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - South Georgia landowners are clearing property with controlled burns before spring. Sometimes, they get out of control.

Often, people see them, think there's a problem, and call 911.

That's what happened in Lanier County this week when a volunteer firefighter was killed rushing to the fire.

In Dougherty County, the forestry commission makes sure 911 has a list of controlled burns, so that information can be relayed to firefighters if a call comes in.

"Forestry has a list of controlled permits for controlled burns and the forward that list through the 911 center," Deputy Chief Ron Rowe, Albany Fire Department.

The Georgia Forestry Commission and Albany Fire Department also use the same radio frequency so they can effectively communicate with each other.

A Stockton firefighter told us he hopes as a result of North's death, their dispatch center will be notified about controlled burns.

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