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Officials urge residents not to burn during drought

Officials with the Georgia Forestry Commission are warning people about the dangers of burning during a drought. (Source: WALB) Officials with the Georgia Forestry Commission are warning people about the dangers of burning during a drought. (Source: WALB)
The lack of rain is causing the problem, but rangers said that the lack of wind has helped. (Source: WALB) The lack of rain is causing the problem, but rangers said that the lack of wind has helped. (Source: WALB)
Chief Ranger Tom Lambert (Source: WALB) Chief Ranger Tom Lambert (Source: WALB)
RANDOLPH CO., GA (WALB) -

Georgia Forestry Commission rangers said that it is very important to not do any burning now because of the fire danger brought on by drought conditions.

Officials said that they are extremely busy fighting wildfires like the one on Tuesday in Randolph County.  

Rangers also have to go back and monitor the fires they have extinguished, to make sure they don't smolder back to life.

The lack of rain is causing the problem, but rangers said that the lack of wind has helped.

"If we do get winds, we'll see probably more active fires, and we can have some fires come to life that we had extinguished in the past," said Chief Ranger Tom Lambert with the Georgia Forestry Commission.

Rangers urge Georgians not to burn anything outdoors, even reminding people to watch their grilling and charcoal disposal.  

Fire danger is a real threat right now in Georgia, and rain is the only solution to the threat.

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