The Georgia Forestry Commission urges residents statewide to think safety and exercise caution in observance of National Fire Prevention Week, this week October 5-11.

Forestry officials urge outdoor enthusiasts from all walks of life to be aware of the dangerous wildfire potential this time of the year. Some things to remember are to clear wide areas around campfires, ensuring that campfires are never left unattended and thouroghly extinguishing all campfires.  These preventive measures are especially important in the fall season.

Statsitics from the GFC show that debris burning continues to be the number one cause of wildfires.  Burn permits are always requred prior to outdoor burning.  Burn permits are available by calling 1-877-OK-2-BURN or by going online to the GFC website at or by calling the local Forestry Office.  The number for the Forestry office in Summerville is 706-857-0800.