Georgia Wildfires Update

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RECENT RAIN BRINGS LITTLE RELIEF TO GEORGIA WILDFIRES

Even with up to an inch of rain falling on raging wildfires in south Georgia, fire activity continues to be heavy throughout the state. In the past 48 hours, Georgia Forestry Commission firefighters responded to 52 new wildfires, primarily in the southeastern portion of the state.

Since July 1, 2010, the state has recorded 8,917 wildfires that burned 94,830 acres of private forest lands (not including fires on public lands). These figures are up 35 percent and 74 percent, respectively, from Georgia’s five-year fire average.
Major fires being fought by Georgia Forestry Commission crews include:

  • Long County – Frazier Harris Road fire (started 6/9) has burned 600 acres. Crews currently have the fire contained, but continue to monitor containment lines;
  • Ware County – Sweat Farm Again fire has burned 19,695 acres; fire is not contained;
  • Ware/Charlton/Clinch Counties:
  • Honey Prairie Complex has burned 226,910 acres in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and is 54 percent contained; for more on this fire, visit www.inciweb.org/incident/2214;

Racepond fire and Sawfly fire have merged and burned 24,987 acres together;

GFC officials are asking citizens to remain vigilant as fire conditions escalate.
“Don’t throw cigarette butts out of cars, make sure any chains or other metal objects hanging from moving vehicles are secured so they won’t come in contact with the road, and avoid any other activity that could spark fires,” said Alan Dozier, GFC’s Chief of Forest Protection. “No burn permits are being issued in the state of Georgia until conditions improve.”
GFC is providing fires updates through twitter (@GaTrees) as new details become available. For more information on wildfires, fire safety and the Georgia Forestry Commission, visit GaTrees.org.

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