HARLEM, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Governor Brian Kemp recognized the first week of February as prescribed fire awareness week.
Here in Columbia County, a tree farm owner has hired the Georgia Forestry Commission to do a prescribed burn.
“We waited until proper burning time, with the weather we've had, you know rain every week, finally we got these guys to come out here and they've been outstanding”, says tree farm owner Asa Coxwell.
Nearly 1.4 million acres in Georgia are managed through prescribed burns every year.
Cary Head, a Ranger for the Georgia Forestry Commission explains why this time of year is best for burns, “we usually burn this time of year because all the vegetation is dead and dry and it carries the fire a lot easier and makes it good for a successful burn”.
The fires actually protect people and property in the long run. It reduces the amount of flammable material on the ground, so there is a much smaller chance of catastrophic wildfires like in California.
These burns also help animal habitats and keep the ecosystem healthy. Head says, “it encourages new growth. It also stimulates the germination of desirable forest trees and increases seedling vitality.
The Georgia Forestry Commission website is great for checking on prescribed burns going on around the area. You can also reach out to your local forestry unit and they will help you with any questions you have.To find the number for your specific county, click here.