Forestry Commission warning: Be alert for wildfires


GAINESVILLE, Ga. – – Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC) warns that everyone needs to be alert for wildfires, especially during hot, dry, summer weather.

A recent press release states that hot weather and little to no rain means that the forest is dry, creating higher fire danger and the increasing risk of unwanted wildfire. Please stay alert and be safe in the woods, especially with campfires. A burn ban that prohibits debris burning is in effect for most Georgia counties. Most wildfires are caused by humans, from escaped campfires or escaped burning of leaves and wood debris.

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Forest visitors are also reminded to ensure that all fires are extinguished and cold to the touch before leaving them. Learn more about campfire safety from Smokey Bear.

To report wildfires call your local Georgia Forestry Commission office or 911.

The Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests provide the finest outdoor recreation opportunities and natural resources in Georgia. Featuring nearly 867,000 acres across 26 counties, thousands of miles of clear-running streams and rivers, approximately 850 miles of recreation trails, and dozens of campgrounds, picnic areas, and other recreation activity opportunities, these lands are rich in natural scenery, history and culture. The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.


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