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Clinch County has its own fire

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April 18, 2007


Fargo -- A welder's torch ignited some brush along a railroad tracks about seven miles outside the small town of Fargo Tuesday.
Now 2,200 acres have burned, some families have left their homes and a main road into the town is shut down.

We were lucky enough to secure an escort into Fargo this morning because the town is shut down. You could only see about 40 yards in any direction the smoke was so think, that's exactly why officials called for a voluntary evacuation.

This morning as flames licked the edge of Highway 441 and 89 crews in Fargo went door to door asking people to voluntarily evacuate, but most stayed.

 "We've got water sprinklers working on the top of the house," says City Council Member Kevin Hart.

Brush was pushed back to protect the Methodist Church. "There was so much woods behind the church it was almost touching the church so we pushed it back and got the sprinklers going."

Seven miles outside Fargo in Colon the fire continues to burn land owned by Superior Pine Products.

 "The wind hasn't helped any the guys have done a real good job of getting in around it and they've busted their cans to make sure we're safe in Fargo," said Mayor Robbie Lee.

With more than 2,300 acres burned, there has been plenty of help to bring the fire under control.

"We've had some planes come in from Lake City to dump some water on it, they've helped we've had some helicopters come in, the Georgia Forestry Commission division of forestry," Lee said.

"That's the reason I came down this morning to give my hand of service for the citizens of Fargo and I also brought refreshments, waters and beverages for them to drink if needed," says Clinch Commissioner Chairman John "Wink" Strickland.

There is also concern for one of Clinch County's largest industries, timber. County Commissioner are in negotiations to bring a large Saw Mill to Clinch County.

Highway 441 and 89 both North and South remains closed between Homerville and Fargo. Several highways remain closed because of the fires and thick smoke.

In Clinch County, State Route 89 is closed from the Homerville Truck Bypass to Fargo.

In Ware County, US 84 is closed from Mile marker 2.5 in Manor to Mile marker 15.7.

State route 122 is closed from Manor/Millwood Road to Mile marker 15.2.

State route 177 is closed from State route 4, that's US 1,  to the Park.

There is no timeline for reopening these roads and more closures may come.

Also, Ware County Schools will be closed once again tomorrow. And Waycross College has canceled all classes Thursday and Friday.

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