ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Fire officials are warning you to take caution in the heat and dry conditions we're experiencing.
The heat mixed with the dry weather means an increase in fires, especially grass and trash fires.
The Albany Fire Department responded to 16 incidents in the last month.
Something as simple as tossing your cigarette out the window can lead to a fire.
"A cigarette is nothing but a fire on the end of tobacco, and thus when you discard it out the window, it can light debris on fire. Under these kinds of conditions, it will ignite it much more rapidly than when the grass is wet," explained AFD Arson Investigator Sam Harris.
The fire department also warns people not to leave fires overnight. They said to extinguish fires with large amounts of water and double check that the fire is out before you go to bed.