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Drought prompts cautions from post forestry unit
No prescribed burning being conducted
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Fort Stewart’s Department of Public Works Forestry Branch reports it has not being doing prescribed burning in the forests on post for more than a month, and asks others to not set any fires there.
A release from the unit said there have been no prescribed burns since Feb. 20 because of the extreme drought throughout Southeast Georgia. There are no fires currently burning on Fort Stewart.  The smoke that may drift into the local area is due to wildfires burning in south Georgia.
Fort Stewart firefighters are helping firefighters in Ware and Charlton counties in combating the wildfires that are burning there.
Fort Stewart’s Forestry Branch sent two tractor plows and three personnel to fight the fires in south Georgia on May 4.  The crew will stay for two weeks, fighting flare-ups within the containment lines of the Sweat Farm Road and Big Turnaround fires. The fires have burned more than 100,000 acres.
Here, Fort Stewart had a fire in an artillery impact area, March 29 to April 27 that burned a little more than 2,200 acres near Highway 119.
The fire was fought with personnel from the Fort Stewart Forestry Branch, Georgia Forestry Commission and 50 other firefighters and support personnel from three Army installations and the U.S. Forest Service.
Fort Stewart has also had smaller wildfires that burned for a day or two. The smoke from those fires affected Fort Stewart, neighboring communities, and highways 144 and 110.  No fires are burning on Fort Stewart at this time.
Most of the smoke that has been affecting the area in the past two weeks has come from the south Georgia wildfires.  The largest fires are in Ware, Charlton and Atkinson counties and they are generating high volumes of smoke.
Fort Stewart wildland fire managers ask everyone to have any outside fires, including campfires and yard debris.  Also, take extra precautions when cooking outdoors, smoking, and using equipment. Vehicles will start fires when the engine is hot and parked on dry grass.
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