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... Ocmulgee River Near Abbeville Affecting Dodge...telfair And Wilcox Counties Oconee River Near Mount Vernon Affecting Montgomery...treutlen And Wheeler Counties The Flood Warning Continues For ...Read More.
Effective: December 19, 2018 at 3:16amExpires: December 19, 2018 at 5:16pmTarget Area: Dodge; Telfair; Wilcox

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Ocmulgee River Near Abbeville Affecting Dodge...telfair And Wilcox Counties Oconee River Near Mount Vernon Affecting Montgomery...treutlen And Wheeler Counties The Flood Warning Continues For ...Read More.
Effective: December 19, 2018 at 3:16amExpires: December 19, 2018 at 7:00pmTarget Area: Montgomery; Treutlen; Wheeler

Flood Warning
The Flood Warning Continues For The Savannah River Near Clyo. * At 8 Pm Tuesday The Stage Was 15.6 Feet. * Flood Stage Is 11.0 Feet. * Moderate Flooding Is Occurring. * Forecast, The River Will Rise To Near 15.8 Feet By Early Wednesday ...Read More.
Effective: December 18, 2018 at 8:58pmExpires: December 19, 2018 at 8:58pmTarget Area: Effingham; Screven

Flood Warning
The Flood Warning Continues For The Savannah River At Burtons Ferry. * At 8 Pm Tuesday The Stage Was 17.1 Feet. * Flood Stage Is 15.0 Feet. * Minor Flooding Is Occurring. * Forecast, The River Will Rise To Near 17.4 Feet By Friday Morning. ...Read More.
Effective: December 18, 2018 at 8:58pmExpires: December 19, 2018 at 8:58pmTarget Area: Screven

Flood Warning
The Flood Warning Continues For The Ohoopee River Near Reidsville. * At 8 Pm Tuesday The Stage Was 11.9 Feet. * Flood Stage Is 11.0 Feet. * Minor Flooding Is Occurring. * Forecast, The River Will Continue Rising To Near 12.9 Feet By ...Read More.
Effective: December 18, 2018 at 8:58pmExpires: December 19, 2018 at 8:58pmTarget Area: Tattnall; Toombs

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Satilla River At Atkinson Affecting Brantley County The Flood Warning Continues For The Satilla River At Atkinson. * Until Further Notice...or Until The Warning Is Cancelled. * At 7:45 Pm Tuesday The Stage Was 15.1 Feet. ...Read More.
Effective: December 18, 2018 at 8:45pmExpires: December 19, 2018 at 8:44pmTarget Area: Brantley

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 Doctortown Affecting Long And Wayne Counties ...Read More.
Effective: December 18, 2018 at 8:43pmExpires: December 19, 2018 at 8:42pmTarget 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 Doctortown Affecting Long And Wayne Counties ...Read More.
Effective: December 18, 2018 at 8:43pmExpires: December 19, 2018 at 8:42pmTarget Area: Jeff Davis; Montgomery; Toombs

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 Doctortown Affecting Long And Wayne Counties ...Read More.
Effective: December 20, 2018 at 7:00pmExpires: December 19, 2018 at 8:42pmTarget Area: Long; Wayne

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Florida... Ochlockonee River Near Thomasville (us 84) Affecting Grady And Thomas Counties Aucilla River At Lamont (us 27) Affecting Jefferson...madison And Taylor Counties ...Read More.
Effective: December 18, 2018 at 8:14pmExpires: December 20, 2018 at 10:36amTarget Area: Brooks; Lowndes

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Florida... Ochlockonee River Near Thomasville (us 84) Affecting Grady And Thomas Counties Aucilla River At Lamont (us 27) Affecting Jefferson...madison And Taylor Counties ...Read More.
Effective: December 19, 2018 at 7:00amExpires: December 23, 2018 at 2:30amTarget Area: Brooks; Lowndes

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Georgia... Alapaha River At Statenville Affecting Echols County ...flood Warning Extended Until Thursday Afternoon...the Flood Warning Continues For The Alapaha River At Statenville. * Until Thursday Afternoon...or Until The Warning Is Cancelled. ...Read More.
Effective: December 18, 2018 at 8:08pmExpires: December 20, 2018 at 1:00pmTarget Area: Echols

Flood Warning
...the Flood Warning Continues For The Following Rivers In Florida And Georgia... St Mary`s River At Macclenny Affecting Baker...nassau And Charlton Counties The Flood Warning Continues For The St Mary`s River At Macclenny. ...Read More.
Effective: December 18, 2018 at 8:04pmExpires: December 19, 2018 at 8:04pmTarget Area: Charlton

Waycross Ware Co. GA
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