Georgia, on high alert this wildfire season, incorporates Firewise principles to help prevent wildland fires

Blog Post created by laurenbackstrom Employee on Feb 17, 2012

Georgia Forestry Commission
The Georgia Forestry Commission and its partners are on high alert for a potentially harsh wildfire season due to the drought conditions that have plagued most of southeast Georgia this year. The Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC) is responsible for all wildfire suppression in the State of Georgia.  Georgia averages over 8,000 wildfires annually with an average size of 4-5 acres per fire. 

In their efforts to take proactive precautions this wildfire season, they’ve developed a fire prevention team that will be working with homeowner associations, city and county officials and local fire departments to educate residents of communities that have presented severe conditions of drought and considered to be on high alert for wildfires. They are doing this through the Firewise Program and its extensive knowledge about wildland fire prevention.

In a news release issued by the Georgia Forestry Commission, Chief of Forest Protection Frank Sorrells stated that, “The Firewise program teaches people how to adapt to living with wildfire and encourages neighbors to work together and take action now to prevent losses. Helping people learn to take appropriate actions before a wildfire will go a long way in protecting lives and properties if or when a wildfire happens.”

The Firewise Program offers an abundance of tips and information on wildfires and how to make your home Firewise in order to help protect your family and community. Most homes that burn during a wildfire are ignited by embers or firebrands landing on the roof, in gutters, on or under decks and porches, or in vents or other openings in the home. Other homes burn from small flames (surface fire) that can touch the house – such as dry grass that can allow a fire to run right up to the siding. That’s why Firewise principles recommend starting with your home and working your way out into the landscape.

For more information on Firewise principles and tips and tools to make your home and neighborhood safer from wildland fire visit the Firewise information and resources for homeowners section on our website.