The Georgia Forestry Commission reported almost 900 wildfires, about triple the average, in October.  Most of those were small and were contained quickly. But hot, dry weather leads fire officials to worry a major fire could break out.

Wendy Burnett, spokesperson for the commission, said the threat of a full-blown forest fire is much higher this year.  “That threat is very real, and we are prepared for that,” she said.  “We are urging people to be a little proactive and get ready for wildfire season.”

Homeowners can prepare, Burnett said, by removing flammable items, like leaves, pine needs or portable propane tanks from around homes. Tree limbs that hang near homes should be trimmed, and lawns should be close cut with trimmings removed. 

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