Saturday, April 21, 2007

Just when we thought the south Georgia fires were under control

Courtesy the Waycross Journal Herald:

DAY 6: Fire Rages, But '... We're Taking Care Of It Ourselves'


About 200 people, many of them displaced from their homes because of the massive wildfire, gathered at Waycross Middle School Friday to hear when they could go back to their homes, when their children could go back to school and when the tragedy would end.

Georgia Forestry Commission agents said the front of the fire was 1 to 1 1/2 miles north of Suwannee Chapel Road and most likely wouldn't be stopped from getting there on its run toward the Okefenokee Swamp.

"Between Eight Mile Post Road and Suwannee Chapel, it is not going well at all," said George Custer, the GFC operations section chief, Friday night. "With a northeast wind pushing it, the fire burned between 5,000 and 10, 000 acres today. Our estimate tonight is that 42,000 acres have been burned. That's quite a large fire anywhere in the country. It's the biggest fire in the country currently."

See additional stories at the local channel 4 news station and here, at another local blog.

K. Well. Sucks to be us, huh.

Anybody up north got a couple of rooms for a mom, her three little kids and two baby chihuahuas?


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