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Preventing and Managing Wildfires

By: Lauren Davis Email
By: Lauren Davis Email

Wildfires in Wacross, Georgia have scorched tens of thousands of acres and burned more than a dozen homes. Local fire officials say the numbers of outdoor fires are going up.

Dothan Fire Dept. Captain Chris Etheredge says, "People are trying to do cleanup and we saw a significant rise in the number of fires over the weekend."

To prevent outdoor fires, officials remind campers, if you build a campfire, make sure it's completely out before leaving the area.

To keep your land from going up in flames, make sure you never walk away from the brush fire leaving it unattended; it could get out of control in minutes.

With our recent dry conditions, there's less moisture in the air making the twigs, limbs and brush fuel for the fire.

Many outdoor fires in Dothan are caused by drivers.

Fire investigators remind drivers not to throw cigarette butts out of your car window onto dry medians and if you see a fire on the Highway or at your home call 911.

"If you're burning outdoors and it appears out of control call early," says Capt. Etheredge.

These are all tips to keep your homeland free from fires.

Dothan officials have not received a call from fire officials requesting assistance in Wacross.

Meteorologists expect some scattered showers in our area this Wednesday.


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