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Too dry to burn

Tom Lambert, Chief Forest Ranger Tom Lambert, Chief Forest Ranger

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  The Georgia Forestry Commission is suspending burn permits for now because of dry conditions.

All of southwest Georgia is in a moderate to severe drought. In Albany, we have a 13-inch rainfall deficit for the year.

Forestry Officials say with gusting winds expected this week, they've temporarily stopped issuing burn permits.

Until this week, they were issuing permits with the condition that the fire not be left unattended.  

"They need to have the ability to stay with that fire from the time that they ignite it until the time in which is it extinguished. At this time as dry as it is you can't afford to leave it even for a moment because it may get away from you at that time," said Tom Lambert, Chief Forest Ranger.

Forestry Officials say if the gets some rain over the next several days, burn permits will resume.

You can obtain a burn permit online or by simply calling 1-877-okay to burn. 

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