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Atkinson fire continues to grow

May 3, 2007

Atkinson County - The Roundabout Fire in Atkinson County has grown to 6 thousand acres and the Georgia Forestry Commission believes it's only 35 percent contained.

The fire is still covering the area in thick smoke and burning the peat bogs which foresters have a hard time getting to.

They used today's calm conditions to beef up the protection on the perimeter of the fire, so if the fire changes directions, they'll be ready.  "The Georgia Forestry Commission is really hoping to strengthen those lines, open up the fire breaks, widen them and really make them stronger," says Susan Reisch of the Georgia Forestry Commission.

They hope to have the fire 45 to 50 percent contained by Friday.

But they say it will take about 10 inches of rain to put this fire out.

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