For the past several weeks Georgia Forestry plows and city and county fire departments have responded to a number of fires throughout the City of Baxley and Appling County. Chief Ranger Jeff Fariss told The News-Banner that fires that occurred on Thursday, September 1 burned approximately 150 acres. The fires occurred on Highway 144 and on Cleland Lane.
The Highway 144 used six forestry plows including three from Appling County, two from Wayne and one from Bacon. Fariss also stated that there were a host of county fire personnel that responded to the fire. The Cleland Lane fire was responded to by local fire fighters as well as forestry plows from Jeff Davis and Toombs. Even though the community got some much needed rain over the weekend, the threat for fire is still extremely high and residents are asked to not burn unless it is absolutely necessary. Remember to contact the Georgia Forestry Commission to obtain burn permits before you burn.