With dry conditions, little chance for rain this week and near 100-degree temps, residents are urged to not burn yard debris, fields, trash, etc. The Satilla District of the Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC), which includes Appling, is not issuing burn permits due to current conditions.
According to local GFC Chief Ranger Jeff Fariss, an additional reason that permits are not being issued is due to the strain foresters are currently under in the district due to another large fire in the Okefenokee Swamp. This massive fire is believed to be contained, but Baxley is currently down to just two tractors and neighboring Jeff Davis has only one tractor operating within its community. Other equipment and personnel are assisting with the fire in the Okefenokee.
Please think before you burn. If you would like up-to-date information on conditions or if you spot a fire that is not under control, please contact the Appling Unit of the Georgia Forestry Commission at 366-1000. In emergency situations, call 911.
The total amount of land area in Appling is 325,600 acres. Nealry 75 percent of the area is considered forest.