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Washington County Faces Wildfire Threat

Washington County Faces Wildfire Threat

Forecasters warn the threat of wildfires is high across much of Georgia, and any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly.

The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for high fire danger from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today.

The warning covers North and Central Georgia, where winds are expected to gust up to 25 mph.

The "red flag" warning covers all of Central Georgia's counties. The warning says people should take care with outdoor fires and contact local authorities before burning.

13WMAZ meteorologist David Ernst says a measuring station at the Middle Georgia Regional Airport has gotten 7.92 inches of rain this year. That's more than 6 inches below normal and more than 4 inches less than last year.

He said Central Georgia has seen sustained wind speeds of 10 to 15 mph.

Forecasters say humidity will be low, helping to create potentially dangerous fire conditions.

YOUR PHOTOS: Photo of the Day

YOUR PHOTOS: Photo of the Day

Thank you to jhutch29 from Sandersville for submitting this photo of the Cherry Blossoms!

We'd like to feature your photos Where You Live. Email your photos that you've taken around Sandersville and the Washington County area to whereyoulive@13wmaz.com

Be sure to include your name.

 

Nominate Your Town for "Best of the Road"

Nominate Your Town for "Best of the Road"

'Help put your town on the map!'

USATODAY teams up with Rand McNally in a search for the Best Small Towns in the United States.

You can nominate your town online through May 15.

Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Annual Easter Egg Hunt

SANDERSVILLE, GA.--The 2012 Annual Easter Egg Hunt is set for Saturday, March 31 at 10 a.m.

 The event is for children between ages 2-10. The egg hunt will be divided into groups to hunt.

Turkey Season Opens Saturday

Turkey Season Opens Saturday

The turkey hunting season opens Saturday, March 24, a Georgia Department of Natural Resources news release says.

To go turkey hunting, you'll need a valid hunting license and big game license to legally hunt turkeys in Georgia. If you're on a Wildlife Management Area, you'll also need a WMA license. You can buy licenses online, at a retail license vendor or by phone at 1-800-366-2661.

If planning to hunt on private land, you'll need permission from the landowner first.

There is a limit to turkey hunting: only male turkeys can be hunted and the season bag limit is three turkeys per hunter. 

Here are some turkey hunting safety precautions to study up on before going on the hunt:

 

Who to Contact About Injured or Orphaned Animals

Who to Contact About Injured or Orphaned Animals

WASHINGTON COUNTY, GA.--Have you ever found an injured bird, deer or reptile and didn't know who to contact?

The Department of Natural Resources has a complete list for who is certified and who to contact in Washington County.

See who to contact below:

For help with birds, raptors, small mammals, reptiles and deer: 

Lynn Schulp with  Mockingbird Hill Wildlife Rehabilitation at 478-552-1119. Use the same phone number for evening hours.

 

 

 

Litter Detail Scheduled Along SR 272

Litter Detail Scheduled Along SR 272

Georgia DOT Area Wide Maintenance crews will be doing shoulder work to reclaim right of way and full litter pick up State Route 272 in Washington County, a GDOT news release says.

 

Work is tentatively scheduled between 7 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, February 27-March 1.