Ga. wildfires won't soon be extinguished, officials warn

Published May 2, 2007

WAYCROSS, Ga. - Authorities warned locals Tuesday it would be a while before crews can extinguish vast wildfires that have burned more than 135 square miles of forest and swampland in southeast Georgia.

"This is a long-term battle, " acting Georgia Forestry Commissioner Robert Farris said. "This is not going to be over at the end of the week or very shortly here."

Firefighters have contained about 64 percent of the vast Ware County fire that has scorched 87, 000 acres of drought-stricken forest and Okefenokee Swamp land since it ignited when a fallen tree struck live power lines April 16. The fire has destroyed 21 homes. There have been no deaths or serious injuries.