News 12 at 11 o'clock / Tuesday, May 28, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- After two wildfires sparked up on Tuesday, fire crews and the Georgia Forestry Commission are more alert.
The fire happened around 4 p.m. off of Windsor Spring Road.
"Just a big cloud of smoke all over the place, it was humongous," said Heather Bowers, who lives near where the fire ignited.
It was so big that she rushed over to make sure everyone was OK.
"We got all kinds of friends and it was just so close, it could have been more than what it was just then," she said.
Neighbors told News 12 it happens often in these woods too often.
"It gets dry, you got people walking back there with cigarettes, the dry wind, all that," Bowers said.
This isn't the first fire that officials in Richmond County have fought this year.
"In Richmond County, we're working on fire number 25 this year," said Cathy Black, a forester for the Georgia Forestry Commission.
Five of those fires happened just in the last week.
The dryer the ground, the quicker things can ignite.
"A match can easily burst this into flames," she said.
She sees it all, but the most common is debris burning.
"Now, if you're going to do any outdoor burning, you have to call us and get a burn permit," Black said.
It's a simple step to take to make sure this doesn't happen in your own backyard, potentially putting your life and property in danger.
"We can tell you, no, it's a bad day to burn, we don't have enough resources in case it gets out," she said.
As these flames are quickly put out, Bowers knows the fire season is just beginning.
"It happened last year, and I think it's going to happen more than this time," she said.