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Fire season under way

POSTED: March 24, 2007 5:15 a.m.
Georgia’s wildfire season is getting off to an exceptionally busy start, with more than 300 fires burning close to 2,000 acres in the first week of March alone.
“The number one cause of wildfire is debris burning that gets out of control,” said Alan Dozier, Chief of Forest Protection with the Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC).
“Unfortunately, we suspect arson is the cause of some of the fires GFC Rangers have been battling this month.”
The Georgia Forestry Commission is charged with protecting life, property and forests from wildfire and all GFC resources are currently on alert until rain brings some relief. Georgia's fire season runs from February through April, with most fires occurring in March.
According to Dozier, low humidity and windy conditions contribute to the increased risk of wildfire. Two homes in Dawson and Ware counties were lost to wildfires on March 7.
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