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Fire officials warn of dry weather conditions leading to grass fires

The Crisp County Fire Department fought 7 grass fires on Saturday. (Source: WALB News 10) The Crisp County Fire Department fought 7 grass fires on Saturday. (Source: WALB News 10)
"They need to call forestry, get a burn permit," said Fire Chief Jonathan Windham. (Source: WALB News 10) "They need to call forestry, get a burn permit," said Fire Chief Jonathan Windham. (Source: WALB News 10)
CRISP CO., GA (WALB) -

With no measurable rain this month in much of south Georgia, fire officials want people to know how quickly fires can get out of control.

The Crisp County Fire Department fought 7 grass fires on Saturday.

In each of those, people were burning trash or debris at their homes.

Chief Jonathan Windham said people are underestimating how easily the fires can get out of control because of the extremely dry air and wind.

16 grass fires and 5 trash fires burned almost 12 acres in the county during the month of October.

"They need to call forestry, get a burn permit," said Chief Windham. "It is illegal in the state of Georgia to burn without one, so people need to contact forestry. Now, they're going to say no, it's too dry. They have not issued a burn permit since October the 5th."

Chief Windham said the fires present the danger of burning people's homes and property.

The Forestry Commission can issue fines for illegally burning without a permit.

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