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Officials: Still no burning
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Public safety authorities are issuing a special caution to people who may have received a little rainfall during the last few days: “No burning. Still.”
Fire departments, law enforcement officials and the Georgia Forestry Commission are responding to several calls daily in which people who feel the cloudy skies and light rain allow them to resume burning leaves, trash.
One Long County blaze starting from a trash fire burned 33 acres, an outbuilding and scorched a mobile home which will probably be a total loss.
In that case the culprit will be charged with unlawful burning and probably sued by neighbors who suffered damage.
Sheriff's deputies in Liberty, Long and Bryan counties are writing tickets for unlawful burning and violators may find themselves in court.
With Georgia still eight inches below normal rainfall; there is still an absolute ban on outdoor burning.
The fire situation is aggravated by the need for firefighters from this area who are fighting blazes in South Georgia.
The ban will remain in effect until there is adequate rainfall, and the longer we go without significant rain, the more rain it will take to bring moisture up to safe levels.
Fort Stewart has suspended prescribed burning since Feb. 20. The fort had a fire in the Artillery Impact Area, March 29 to April 27 which burned a little more than 2,200 acres behind the Red Cloud Range Complex on Highway 119.  The fire was fought and contained for nearly a month before it was finally extinguished.
Fort Stewart wildland fire managers ask that soldiers and civilians not conduct any open burning, including campfires and yard debris. Also, take extra precautions when cooking outdoors, smoking, and using motorized equipment. Vehicles can start fires when the engine is hot and parked on dry grass.
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