Wildfire Ready

 

Wildfires get a hold really quickly, so if we can get them under control soon enough we can save land and protect lives

When a downed power line ignited the drought-parched forest floor on April 16, 2007, it led to the largest and most devastating wildfires in state history. Nearly 564,000 acres were consumed in Georgia and Florida, and 18 homes were destroyed. More than 3,300 firefighters from 44 states, Canada and Puerto Rico battled the blazes.

More and more people are making their homes in wooded settings near forests and remote mountains sites. There, homeowners enjoy the beauty of the environment, but face the very real danger of wildfires. They spread quickly and change direction rapidly, igniting brush, trees and homes.

Prepare for Wildfire

  • Learn and teach safe fire practices.
  • Learn your risk. Learn about the history of wildfire in your area.
  • Be aware of recent weather. A long period without rain increases the risk of wildfire.
  • Design and landscape your home with wildfire safety in mind and create a 30- to 100-foot safety zone around your home by keeping flammable vegetation in this area to a minimum.
  • Use fire-resistant materials when building, renovating, or retrofitting structures.
  • Remove tree limbs within 15 feet of the ground.
  • Thin a 15-foot space between tree crowns.
  • Remove debris from under sun decks and porches.
  • Install spark arrestors in chimneys and stovepipes.
  • Identify and maintain an adequate outside water source, such as a small pond.
  • Visit the Georgia Forestry Commission’s Web site at: www.gfc.state.ga.us .

Make a Plan

  • Get a disaster supplies kit and prepare a portable Ready kit in case you have to evacuate.
  • Plan several escape routes away from your home, by car and by foot.
  • Keep handy household items that can be used as fire tools: A rake, axe, handsaw or chainsaw, bucket and shovel.
  • Remember, you cannot outrun a wildfire. If you are caught by the fire, crouch in a pond or river and cover your head and upper body with wet clothing. If water is not available, look for shelter in a cleared area or among a bed of rocks. Breathe the air closest to the ground.

Stay Informed

  • Monitor radio, NOAA Weather Radio or television for the latest updates
  • Follow the instructions of local officials. If advised to evacuate, do so immediately.

Local Weather Alerts

Check for any weather alerts here Flood Warning

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Alabama... Florida...georgia... Chattahoochee River At Columbia L&d Affecting Houston...jackson... Early And Seminole Counties The Flood Warning Continues For The Chattahoochee River At Columbia L&d. ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 1:40pmExpires: February 24, 2020 at 6:40amTarget Area: Early; Seminole

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Ocmulgee River Near Macon Affecting Bibb...houston...jones... Monroe And Twiggs Counties Ocmulgee River Near Hawkinsville Affecting Bleckley And Pulaski Counties Ocmulgee River Near Abbeville Affecting Dodge...telfair And Wilcox ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 11:01amExpires: February 24, 2020 at 1:00amTarget Area: Bibb; Houston; Jones; Monroe; Twiggs

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Ocmulgee River Near Macon Affecting Bibb...houston...jones... Monroe And Twiggs Counties Ocmulgee River Near Hawkinsville Affecting Bleckley And Pulaski Counties Ocmulgee River Near Abbeville Affecting Dodge...telfair And Wilcox ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 11:01amExpires: February 24, 2020 at 1:00amTarget Area: Bleckley; Pulaski

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Ocmulgee River Near Macon Affecting Bibb...houston...jones... Monroe And Twiggs Counties Ocmulgee River Near Hawkinsville Affecting Bleckley And Pulaski Counties Ocmulgee River Near Abbeville Affecting Dodge...telfair And Wilcox ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 11:01amExpires: February 24, 2020 at 1:00amTarget Area: Dodge; Telfair; Wilcox

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Ocmulgee River Near Macon Affecting Bibb...houston...jones... Monroe And Twiggs Counties Ocmulgee River Near Hawkinsville Affecting Bleckley And Pulaski Counties Ocmulgee River Near Abbeville Affecting Dodge...telfair And Wilcox ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 11:01amExpires: February 24, 2020 at 1:00amTarget Area: Telfair; Wheeler

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Oconee River Near Oconee Affecting Johnson...washington And Wilkinson Counties Oconee River Near Dublin Affecting Johnson...laurens...washington And Wilkinson Counties Oconee River Near Mount Vernon Affecting Montgomery...treutlen And ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 10:50amExpires: February 24, 2020 at 12:50amTarget Area: Johnson; Laurens; Washington; Wilkinson

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Oconee River Near Oconee Affecting Johnson...washington And Wilkinson Counties Oconee River Near Dublin Affecting Johnson...laurens...washington And Wilkinson Counties Oconee River Near Mount Vernon Affecting Montgomery...treutlen And ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 10:50amExpires: February 24, 2020 at 12:50amTarget Area: Johnson; Washington; Wilkinson

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Oconee River Near Oconee Affecting Johnson...washington And Wilkinson Counties Oconee River Near Dublin Affecting Johnson...laurens...washington And Wilkinson Counties Oconee River Near Mount Vernon Affecting Montgomery...treutlen And ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 10:50amExpires: February 24, 2020 at 12:50amTarget Area: Montgomery; Treutlen; Wheeler

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Coosa River Near Rome Mayos Bar L & D Park Affecting Floyd County Coosa River Near Plant Hammond Affecting Floyd County The Flood Warning Continues For The Coosa River Near Rome Mayos Bar L & D Park. * Until Further Notice. ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 10:34amExpires: February 24, 2020 at 12:33amTarget Area: Floyd

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Coosa River Near Rome Mayos Bar L & D Park Affecting Floyd County Coosa River Near Plant Hammond Affecting Floyd County The Flood Warning Continues For The Coosa River Near Plant Hammond. * Until Further Notice. ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 10:34amExpires: February 24, 2020 at 12:33amTarget Area: Floyd

Flood Warning
The Flood Warning Continues For The Ogeechee River Near Eden. * At 9 Am Sunday The Stage Was 15.4 Feet. * Flood Stage Is 11.0 Feet. * Moderate Flooding Is Occurring And Major Flooding Is Forecast. * Forecast, The River Will Continue Rising To Near 16.1 Feet By ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 10:22amExpires: February 24, 2020 at 10:22amTarget Area: Bryan; Bulloch; Chatham; Effingham

Flood Warning
The Flood Warning Continues For The Ogeechee River Near Rocky Ford. * At 10 Am Sunday The Stage Was 13.7 Feet. * Flood Stage Is 13.0 Feet. * Minor Flooding Is Occurring. * Forecast, The River Will Continue To Fall. ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 10:22amExpires: February 24, 2020 at 10:22amTarget Area: Bulloch; Jenkins; Screven

Flood Warning
The Flood Warning Continues For The Ogeechee River At Midville. * At 10 Am Sunday The Stage Was 8.1 Feet. * Flood Stage Is 6.0 Feet. * Minor Flooding Is Occurring. * Forecast, The River Will Rise To Near 8.2 Feet By This Afternoon ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 10:22amExpires: February 24, 2020 at 10:22amTarget Area: Burke; Emanuel; Jenkins

Flood Warning
The Flood Warning Continues For The Savannah River Near Clyo. * At 9 Am Sunday The Stage Was 18.2 Feet. * Flood Stage Is 11.0 Feet. * Moderate Flooding Is Occurring. * Forecast, The River Will Rise To Near 18.5 Feet By Early Wednesday ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 10:22amExpires: February 24, 2020 at 10:22amTarget Area: Effingham; Screven

Flood Warning
The Flood Warning Continues For The Canoochee River Near Claxton. * At 9 Am Sunday The Stage Was 14.3 Feet. * Flood Stage Is 11.0 Feet. * Moderate Flooding Is Occurring. * Forecast, The River Will Continue To Fall. ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 10:22amExpires: February 24, 2020 at 10:22amTarget Area: Evans

Flood Warning
The Flood Warning Continues For The Savannah River At Burtons Ferry. * At 10 Am Sunday The Stage Was 18.4 Feet. * Flood Stage Is 15.0 Feet. * Minor Flooding Is Occurring. * Forecast, The River Will Remain Nearly Steady Or Slowly Fall. ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 10:22amExpires: February 24, 2020 at 10:22amTarget Area: Screven

Flood Warning
The Flood Warning Continues For The Ohoopee River Near Reidsville. * At 10 Am Sunday The Stage Was 21.2 Feet. * Flood Stage Is 11.0 Feet. * Major Flooding Is Occurring. * Forecast, The River Will Rise To Near 21.3 Feet By This Afternoon ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 10:22amExpires: February 24, 2020 at 10:22amTarget Area: Tattnall; Toombs

Flood Warning
...forecast Flooding Changed From Minor To Moderate Severity For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Altamaha River At Doctortown Affecting Long And Wayne Counties ...forecast Flooding Increased From Minor To Moderate Severity... The Flood Warning Continues For The Altamaha River At Doctortown. ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 10:21amExpires: February 24, 2020 at 10:21amTarget Area: Long; Wayne

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Altamaha River At Baxley Affecting Appling...tattnall...toombs And Wayne Counties Altamaha River At Charlotteville Affecting Jeff Davis...montgomery And Toombs Counties Altamaha River At Everett City Affecting Glynn...mcintosh And ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 10:20amExpires: February 24, 2020 at 10:19amTarget Area: Appling; Tattnall; Toombs; Wayne

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Altamaha River At Baxley Affecting Appling...tattnall...toombs And Wayne Counties Altamaha River At Charlotteville Affecting Jeff Davis...montgomery And Toombs Counties Altamaha River At Everett City Affecting Glynn...mcintosh And ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 10:20amExpires: February 24, 2020 at 10:19amTarget Area: Glynn; McIntosh; Wayne

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Altamaha River At Baxley Affecting Appling...tattnall...toombs And Wayne Counties Altamaha River At Charlotteville Affecting Jeff Davis...montgomery And Toombs Counties Altamaha River At Everett City Affecting Glynn...mcintosh And ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 10:20amExpires: February 24, 2020 at 10:19amTarget Area: Jeff Davis; Montgomery; Toombs

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Kinchafoonee Creek Near 11 E Of Dawson At Pinewood Rd In Lee County Affecting Lee County ...flood Warning Extended Until Further Notice...the Flood Warning Continues For The Kinchafoonee Creek Near 11 E Of Dawson At Pinewood Rd In Lee ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2020 at 10:16amExpires: February 24, 2020 at 10:15amTarget Area: Lee

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Flint River At Bainbridge (us 27) Affecting Decatur County The Flood Warning Continues For The Flint River At Bainbridge (us 27). * From Monday Evening, Or Until The Warning Is Cancelled. * At 9:45 Am Sunday The Stage Was 23.4 Feet. ...Read More.
Effective: February 24, 2020 at 9:00pmExpires: February 24, 2020 at 10:15amTarget Area: Decatur

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Flint River At Newton (sr 37) Affecting Baker And Mitchell Counties The Flood Warning Continues For The Flint River At Newton (sr 37). * From Monday Evening, Or Until The Warning Is Cancelled. * At 9:45 Am Sunday The Stage Was 19.7 Feet. ...Read More.
Effective: February 24, 2020 at 10:45pmExpires: February 24, 2020 at 10:14amTarget Area: Baker; Mitchell

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Flint River At Albany Affecting Dougherty County The Flood Warning Continues For The Flint River At Albany. * From Late Tonight, Or Until The Warning Is Cancelled. * At 9:45 Am Sunday The Stage Was 23.7 Feet. ...Read More.
Effective: February 24, 2020 at 5:48amExpires: February 25, 2020 at 4:00amTarget Area: Dougherty