Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Wildfire Updates

Wildfires in south Georgia are still burning, with a loss of over 100,000 acres of timber and some local residences. While the fire which threatened the town I currently live in (one of several active fires) is mainly in the swamp at this point, firefighters continued their hectic battles this past weekend, putting out some small fires caused by lightening (which came with only a few spatters of rain) and keeping the boundaries of the fire away from residential areas.

The best news at this point is the ability to breathe when going outdoors. After weeks of the dark, dense, acrid smoke blanketing the area for miles, it's nice to be able to see blue sky and sunshine. The breeze surely isn't helping the firefighters, but it's doing wonders for air quality in this area.


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