Brush fire danger is high

Published 7:46 pm Tuesday, October 12, 2010

No outdoor burning permits have been issued this week due to a high risk of brush fires.

Bainbridge Fire Chief Dennis Mock said the lack of rainfall, windy weather and dry air create a potential for brush fires to start at any time. Due to that risk, no burn permits are being issued.

With no chance of rain expected the rest of the week, the Georgia Forestry Commission’s forecast for Wednesday again classifies the fire risk for Southwest Georgia as “high” for Decatur County and other counties, to “extreme” in Mitchell County.

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Before burning, citizens should check weather conditions online at or call their local fire department.

Within Bainbridge city limits, burn permits can be obtained by calling Public Safety at 248-2032.

Burning permits for properties located outside Bainbridge can be obtained by calling 1-877-OK2-BURN. People who plan to burn machine-piled natural vegetation or other prescribed burns should contact the Forestry Commission’s Decatur County office at 248-2616.