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      Southwest Georgia's smokey gem

      Prescribed burns are huge in the South and take place all the time.

      / Kerri Copello


      Prescribed burns are huge in the South and take place all the time.

      According to Tom Lambert, Chief Ranger, "prescribed burning is one of the best forestry tools in Georgia."

      There are a few conditions that need to be met before a burn can take place. One must look at how dry the conditions are, if there is wind and in what direction it is blowing and measure the amount of humidity present in the air.

      Prescribed burns are useful for many reasons, one is to help protect the wildlife and also to reduce the amount of vegetation is present on the ground.

      Anyone is allowed to burn as long as they possess the proper permit from their county Forestry Commission.

      Knowledge is key and one local college is now offering a class to help give you the skills to be prepared before, during and after the prescribed burn.

      You can find information on Darton State College's website as well as on the Georgia Forestry Commission website.

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