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Dry weather conditions cause major fire hazard

There were 82 wildfires in Georgia on Tuesday. (Source: WALB) There were 82 wildfires in Georgia on Tuesday. (Source: WALB)
Jason Rex (Source: WALB) Jason Rex (Source: WALB)
COLQUITT CO., GA (WALB) -

The Georgia Forestry Commission said dry weather conditions are causing major fire hazards. 

On Tuesday, there were 82 wildfires in Georgia.

The chief ranger of Brooks and Colquitt counties urges residents to be extra careful while burning or working outside. 

He said not all of the fires start from burning.

Mowers, tractors, and welding are just a few of the concerns other than burning trash or yard debris illegally. 

"If you see smoke, there's certainly no harm in calling if you suspect that could be a fire," said Chief Ranger Jason Rex. "You never know, you could prevent someone's house from burning down, you could prevent an injury, or even a death. So if you see smoke, and it looks like it could be a wildfire, call that in. Call 911." 

Rex said, if you are planning on doing any outdoor burning, use the Georgia Forestry Commission's permit system. 

They turn it off or on based on weather conditions. 

For a permit, call 1-877-652-2876. 

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