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Before you burn, get a permit!

By Cade Fowler - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – It's the time of year when many property owners burn off land or debris.

You need to remember those fires can get out of control quickly.

In the last few weeks firefighters have been called to numerous trash fires that got out of control and threatened homes.

In one case, an unattended brush fire destroyed an Albany mobile home.

Forest rangers urge you to get a permit if you plan to burn. If you don't, you could get hit with a big fine.

"If we have to respond to your fire and you don't have a permit, we would apply suppression charges for that," said Tom Lambert with the Georgia Forestry Commission.

Lambert says those fines could range from several hundred dollars or even thousands of dollars depending on the extent of the fire.

The Forestry Commission's hotline you can call to get a burn permit has been flooded with calls lately.

Officials urge people to go online and apply for the free permit at GATrees.org

 

 

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