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Lowndes County house fire adds to already busy fire season

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Paige Dukes Paige Dukes
LOWNDES COUNTY, GA (WALB) -

Some Lowndes County residents now have to find a new home after theirs was heavily damaged by a fire just after 5 a.m. Monday morning.

"This morning at 4212 Old Clyattville Road, Lowndes County Fire Rescue arrived on scene to flames already showing visibly from the residence," said Lowndes County Public Information Officer, Paige Dukes. "They were able to save part of the structure, however the living room, the dining room, and kitchen area were a total loss."

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but regardless of what the cause was, this house fire only adds to the growing number of fires so far this season. And the season isn't over yet.

"Fire season lasts a little longer here in South Georgia, just because of the winds we experience this time of year," Dukes explained.

As the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, Dukes says people tend to burn more brush and yard waste to get their yards ready for Spring.

But this may make the fire season even worse, if you're not careful.

"We do encourage citizens to call forestry for a burn permit. That is required before you burn at all," Dukes explained. "The county burn ordinance is available on the county's web site, which is Lowndes county dot com. And, you need to make sure that if you live in a residential area you're only burning on the first and third Saturday of every month."

Advice that could help cool off the remainder of the fire season.

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