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 Georgia... Chattooga River Near Summerville Affecting Chattooga County Oostanaula River Near Rome Us Hwy. 27 Affecting Floyd County ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Armuchee Creek Near Armuchee Affecting Floyd County Oostanaula River Near Rome Affecting Floyd County ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2019 at 9:40amExpires: February 23, 2019 at 11:39pmTarget Area: Floyd

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Chattooga River Near Summerville Affecting Chattooga County Oostanaula River Near Rome Us Hwy. 27 Affecting Floyd County ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Armuchee Creek Near Armuchee Affecting Floyd County Oostanaula River Near Rome Affecting Floyd County ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2019 at 9:40amExpires: February 23, 2019 at 11:39pmTarget Area: Floyd

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Chattooga River Near Summerville Affecting Chattooga County Oostanaula River Near Rome Us Hwy. 27 Affecting Floyd County ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Armuchee Creek Near Armuchee Affecting Floyd County Oostanaula River Near Rome Affecting Floyd County ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2019 at 9:40amExpires: February 23, 2019 at 11:39pmTarget Area: Floyd

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Chattooga River Near Summerville Affecting Chattooga County Oostanaula River Near Rome Us Hwy. 27 Affecting Floyd County ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Armuchee Creek Near Armuchee Affecting Floyd County Oostanaula River Near Rome Affecting Floyd County ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2019 at 9:40amExpires: February 23, 2019 at 11:39pmTarget Area: Floyd

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Chattooga River Near Summerville Affecting Chattooga County Oostanaula River Near Rome Us Hwy. 27 Affecting Floyd County ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Armuchee Creek Near Armuchee Affecting Floyd County Oostanaula River Near Rome Affecting Floyd County ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2019 at 9:40amExpires: February 24, 2019 at 8:00pmTarget Area: Chattooga

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Etowah River Near East Canton Affecting Cherokee County The Flood Warning Continues For The Etowah River Near East Canton. * Until Further Notice. * At 845 Am Saturday The Stage Was 19.6 Feet...and ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2019 at 9:29amExpires: February 23, 2019 at 11:29pmTarget Area: Cherokee

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Conasauga River Near Eton Affecting Murray And Whitfield Counties Conasauga River Near Tilton Affecting Gordon...murray And Whitfield Counties Oostanaula River Near Resaca Affecting Floyd And Gordon Counties ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2019 at 9:25amExpires: February 23, 2019 at 11:24pmTarget Area: Gordon

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Conasauga River Near Eton Affecting Murray And Whitfield Counties Conasauga River Near Tilton Affecting Gordon...murray And Whitfield Counties Oostanaula River Near Resaca Affecting Floyd And Gordon Counties ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2019 at 9:25amExpires: February 23, 2019 at 11:24pmTarget Area: Gordon

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Conasauga River Near Eton Affecting Murray And Whitfield Counties Conasauga River Near Tilton Affecting Gordon...murray And Whitfield Counties Oostanaula River Near Resaca Affecting Floyd And Gordon Counties ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2019 at 9:25amExpires: February 23, 2019 at 11:24pmTarget Area: Gordon; Murray; Whitfield

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Conasauga River Near Eton Affecting Murray And Whitfield Counties Conasauga River Near Tilton Affecting Gordon...murray And Whitfield Counties Oostanaula River Near Resaca Affecting Floyd And Gordon Counties ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2019 at 9:25amExpires: February 23, 2019 at 11:24pmTarget Area: Whitfield

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Conasauga River Near Eton Affecting Murray And Whitfield Counties Conasauga River Near Tilton Affecting Gordon...murray And Whitfield Counties Oostanaula River Near Resaca Affecting Floyd And Gordon Counties ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2019 at 9:25amExpires: February 24, 2019 at 11:15pmTarget Area: Murray; Whitfield

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Conasauga River Near Eton Affecting Murray And Whitfield Counties Conasauga River Near Tilton Affecting Gordon...murray And Whitfield Counties Oostanaula River Near Resaca Affecting Floyd And Gordon Counties ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2019 at 9:25amExpires: February 26, 2019 at 7:00pmTarget Area: Gordon; Murray; Whitfield

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Conasauga River Near Eton Affecting Murray And Whitfield Counties Conasauga River Near Tilton Affecting Gordon...murray And Whitfield Counties Oostanaula River Near Resaca Affecting Floyd And Gordon Counties ...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2019 at 9:25amExpires: February 27, 2019 at 7:00pmTarget Area: Floyd; Gordon

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Oconee River Near Penfield Affecting Clarke...greene And Oconee Counties ...flood Warning Extended Until Late Tonight...the Flood Warning Continues For The Oconee River Near Penfield. ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2019 at 8:15amExpires: February 24, 2019 at 1:00amTarget Area: Clarke; Greene; Oconee

Flood Warning
The National Weather Service In Peachtree City Has Issued A * Flood Warning For... Catoosa County In Northwestern Georgia... Walker County In Northwestern Georgia... Dade County In Northwestern Georgia... * Until 1045 Am Est. ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2019 at 8:15amExpires: February 24, 2019 at 1:00amTarget Area: Dade; Walker

Flood Warning
The National Weather Service In Peachtree City Has Issued A * Flood Warning For... Catoosa County In Northwestern Georgia... Walker County In Northwestern Georgia... Dade County In Northwestern Georgia... * Until 1045 Am Est. ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2019 at 6:13amExpires: February 25, 2019 at 1:00pmTarget Area: Catoosa

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Coosa River Near Plant Hammond Affecting Floyd County The Flood Warning Continues For The Coosa River Near Plant Hammond. * Until Further Notice. * At 600 Am Saturday The Stage Was 578.7 Feet...and ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2019 at 7:26amExpires: February 23, 2019 at 9:25pmTarget Area: Floyd

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... West Chickamauga Creek Near Fort Oglethorpe Affecting Catoosa And Hamilton Counties ...flood Warning Extended Until Monday Afternoon...the Flood Warning Continues For The West Chickamauga Creek Near Fort Oglethorpe. ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2019 at 6:13amExpires: February 25, 2019 at 1:00pmTarget Area: Catoosa

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Lookout Creek Near New England Affecting Dade And Hamilton Counties ...flood Warning Extended Until Late Sunday Night...the Flood Warning Continues For The Lookout Creek Near New England. ...Read More.
Effective: February 23, 2019 at 6:10amExpires: February 25, 2019 at 4:45amTarget Area: Dade

Waycross Ware Co. GA
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