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[UPDATE] South Georgia Wildfire

By: Gabrielle Sarann, AP Email
By: Gabrielle Sarann, AP Email

[UPDATE] 11/24 at 1:50 p.m. --

HOMERVILLE, Ga. (AP) --

Georgia authorities say arson is to blame for a large wildfire that's engulfed more than 2,700 acres of swamp and forest near the Florida state line.

Investigators with the Georgia Forestry Commission are offering
a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest and
conviction of whoever started the blaze in rural Clinch County west
of the Okefenokee Swamp.

Forestry Commission investigator Billy Leitch says state
authorities found evidence indicating the wildfire was set, but did
not give specifics.

The fire has been burning for two weeks. Forestry officials said
Wednesday the blaze is 80 percent contained.

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UPDATE 11/20 at 10 a.m. --

As of Friday, the wildfire had covered 1,300 acres, up 110 from Thursday, according to the Georgia Forestry Commission's latest report.

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UPDATE 11/19 at 9:27 a.m.--

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The Georgia Forestry Commission's aerial report shows the fire now covers 1,190 acres.

That's up almost 300 acres since since the day before.

It's causing wafting smoke in Lowndes, Cook and surrounding counties.

The Department of Transportation recommends driving cautiously through affected areas.

And anyone allergic to smoke, should limit outdoor activity and drink plenty of water.

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Yesterday's inclement weather has caused the Arabia Bay wildfire to spread slowly today.

Wednesday's report shows the swamp fire has blazed 890 acres, so far, according to the Georgia Forestry Commission.

The fire is burning deep in the ground, in peat and under hardwood trees and scrub brush.

Officials say moisture from yesterday's rains have caused the smoke to settle close to the ground.

But as humidity levels drop and winds pick up, the boundaries of the fire are expected to become more clear. expected to be more clear.


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