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The Thomasville Fire Department says many large plantations and landowners are burning off the built-up brush, or 'fuel', to prevent real wildfires from starting.
Firefighters say though the fires are controlled, there are a few important things to keep in mind in areas with heavy burning.
"Citizens should stay away from the prescribed burn areas, that way it just keeps them from accidentally getting burned or getting close to the smoke. The smoke is the biggest hazard due to people having asthma or any respiratory problem," Thomasville Fire Department Battalion Chief Mark Sealy says.
The fire department issues burn permits in conjunction with the Georgia Forestry Commission.
GFC determines when it's safe to burn based on weather elements, such as wind speed and humidity.
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Burning makes room for new growth and keeps dangerous fuel from building up, which can lead to wildfires. WCTV will be looking at prescribed burns in our area.
Stay with WCTV for more this evening.