By Eames Yates
May 29, 2013
Lowndes County, GA -
With the summer sun beginning to beat down, county officials and the Lowndes County Fire Department put a spotlight on illegal burning.
Lowndes County Clerk Paige Dukes said "the only time it's okay to burn number one is if you have recieved a burn permit from Georgia Forestry. You can get those permits online, you can call the forestry and get them over the phone. They're free."
A small fire can take just a few seconds to spread to a much larger area. With the dry and warm weather the chances of it getting out of control are all the more real.
Dukes went on to say "if you have wind gusts or you're thinking of burning too close to a shed or a structure or your pool or a vehicle or something like that, you need to make sure that you're responsible on where you locate your fires."
Many folks burn in road side ditches which can often lead to smoke on the roads making it dangerous for drivers. That's not all... the environmental consquences, although often unseen, are all too real.
Dukes said "there are all kinds of contaminents in burnt materials that you need to be aware of. Fire produces chemicals and all sorts of things. All the water that is ground water here in Lowndes County goes back to our rivers and streams and natural water ways."
Illegal burning can result in more than a thousand dollars worth of fines.