The state of Georgia is using this week to call attention to the benefits of prescribed fires and burning.
Governor Nathan Deal has declared this week Prescribed Fire Awareness Week in Georgia.
Officials said that prescribed fire is a safe way to apply a natural process, ensure ecosystem health, and reduce wildfire risk.
According to the Georgia Prescribed Fire Council, prescribed burning is a good way, both environmentally and economically, to manage the state’s forest resources.
The agency said that professional foresters and land managers throughout Georgia use prescribed burning to promote reforestation and forest access, as well as for aesthetics.
Governor Deal has designated this week to be observed annually in recognition of land managers who protect and maintain the state’s forest resources.
On average, Georgia prescribe burns about 1.5 million acres of forest lands each year.
For more information about the Georgia Prescribed Fire Council, visit www.garxfire.com.