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Ware wildfire demands massive help

April 17, 2007

Waycross --  Fire Fighters and Forestry Officials have been working since Monday morning to contain a fire ripping through Ware County.  Over 185 firefighters and 20 different agencies from around the state have come to lend a helping hand, but still there's no end in sight.

A staging area has been set up at Ware County High School to relieve all the fire fighters working around the clock to battle this massive blaze. They've been working 30 hours now and will continue to work tirelessly until the job is done. But the heat and long hours are beginning to take it's toll.  

Their determination to stop this fire from spreading has left many fire fighters hospitalized from the heat, exhaustion, and smoke inhalation.  "We had one tractor trailer operator from the Georgia Forestry Commission that was on a tractor for five hours and he was exhausted and had to carry him in."  

Tonight these volunteers will be setting up a relief center for the fire fighters to sleep and shower, hopefully giving them a better place to rest. They are expecting over 200 additional volunteers to come out tonight, and say the calls for mutual aid keep pouring in from all over the state.      

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