Day weekend. With a serious drought underway and record-breaking fires in south Georgia still burning, the risk
of wildfire demands strict vigilance with all ignitable materials.
I cant ever remember a time when so much of Georgia was at class 5 fire danger, said Alan Dozier, Chief
of Forest Protection with the Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC). Class 5 is the highest level of measurable fire risk
on GFC fire danger scales. Our resources are stretched to the maximum with the south Georgia fires, so outbreaks
anywhere else will present a real challenge. We need Georgians to pitch in and help prevent wildfires.
As families begin spending more time outdoors this holiday weekend, fire risks can increase. Dozier advised extreme caution when enjoying campfires and cookouts. Fireworks pose a very high risk and are not advised. Lawn equipment on dry grass and the disposal of cigarettes should also be carefully monitored.
Very simply, these drought conditions mean one stray spark can cause a ravaging wildfire, said Dozier. We want people to have an enjoyable summer, but it can easily go up in smoke if everybodys not careful.
The Georgia Forestry Commission is the state agency charged with the protection of people and property from wildfire. For updates on local burning restrictions, the south Georgia wildfi res, and fi re safety in general, visit the GFC website at www.gatrees.org.