Ga. urges homeowners to take wildfire precautions

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - The Georgia Forestry Commission is urging homeowners to take precautions to protect their property from wildfires during what's proving to be a busy fire season.

The agency's firefighters spent nearly a week battling three large fires that burned more than 60 square miles in Bacon, Ware, Clinch and Long counties before officials declared them contained Friday. Drought across southern Georgia has left woods as dry as tinder, raising the danger of wildfires. The dry conditions are expected to persist through the summer.

Troy Floyd, commander of the Forestry Commission's incident management team, says homeowners should clear a barrier 30-feet wide around their homes that's free of dry leaves, firewood and any other materials that burn easily. Houses should also have working faucets and hoses.

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