Southeast Gerogia wildfires contained by fire breaks
WAYCROSS, Ga. (AP) - Officials say two large wildfires in southeast Georgia are now completely surrounded by containment lines, but warn that nearby residents shouldn't get complacent.
Georgia Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman Crystal Paulk-Buchanan said Monday that both the Sweat Farm Again fire in Ware County and the Race Pond fire in Charlton and Brantley Counties are considered 100 percent contained. But she says heavier winds in the forecast could push the fires beyond their protective buffers.
Those two fires have burned a combined 70 square miles, mostly rural timberland outside the Okefenokee Swamp.
Paulk-Buchanan says the state Department of Transportation and the National Guard are bringing in extra bulldozers to widen fire breaks plowed around both fires. Both blazes spread quickly last week, but were slowed by rain over the weekend.
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