Right now, Central Georgia is under a severe drought. Many communities haven't seen rain in weeks. Bekah Duncan has lived on a farm in Crawford County off and on her whole life, but the drought we’re currently in is nothing like she's seen before.
“All have quit laying, the ducks aren’t doing that much, we have milk goats, and they are having a rough go of it they're not giving as much milk just because it is so dry because they don't have much to eat,” Duncan said.
They’ve had to start watering the field for them to graze. With most of the grass being so dry, she’s concerned it could catch fire. Macon-Bibb Fire Prevention Director Brenda Thomas says current conditions right now are perfect for a blaze.
“For a brush fire, we are really behind the game because that dry grass, it just doesn’t take long. It just, 'Poof,' it goes,” Thomas said. “We are having to chase it because we were behind the game when we got the call.”
The Georgia Forestry commission suspended all burn permits indefinitely until we get a significant amount of rain.
Chief ranger Nick Tresco says in more than 20 years with the Forestry Commission he's never seen conditions this dry, this time of year.
“We usually see these conditions in mid-February through April,” Tresco said. “We usually don’t get these conditions right now because usually the fronts that do come through drop some rain about every week to three weeks.”
On the Duncan farm, all they can do is pray for some relief.
“I don’t know when it’s going to rain again, but it’s not looking promising, but were just praying for rain right now,” Duncan said.
The forestry commission also urges people not to build any campfires or use outdoor fireplaces until the burn ban is lifted.