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Georgia fire information from the Joint Information Center

MAY 6, 2007

FIRE

LOCATION

ACRES

% CONT.

COST

Ga. Bay Complex

(Turnaround & Sweat Farm)

96,283

n/a

11,586,312

Big Turnaround

Ware/Charlton Counties

44,509

45

3,704,365

Sweat Farm

Ware County

53,899

80

7,881,947

Roundabout

Atkinson County

5,800

50

310,000

Knee Knocker Swamp

Brantley County

3,148

95

460,000

Dreggers

Long County

1,700

monitored

n/a

Racetrack

Brantley County

75

monitored

n/a

Georgia Bay Complex:

Big Turnaround

Continue building and improving line along the Swamp Edge Break and Perimeter Roads. Firefighters will continue burning unburned fuel around the Racepond area to reinforce lines. This operation will consist of approximately 800 acres. Crews will continue suppressing fires caused by yesterday's lightning strikes.

A Fire Information Meeting will be held Monday May 7, 2007 at 7 p.m. at the St. George Church of God in St. George. Everyone is invited.

Sweat Farm

Engine crews continue to mop-up. There was some reburn in several areas of the fire including along Highway 122 and the Jim Cox road area. Today's concern is possible spread of the fire due to high winds predicted for this afternoon and holdover fires from lightning last night.

Roundabout

Fire crews had the best day they'd had so far in containment efforts due to improved fire behavior.  Reburn was not a significant issue yesterday although crews are alert to possible increased activity with this afternoon's predicted high winds.

Road Closures:

US Hwy 1 from Hatcher Point Road in Ware County to US Hwy 301 in Charlton County is closed. State Route 177 in Ware County is closed south of US Hwy 1 (open to local traffic only between State Route 520 US Hwy 82 to US Hwy 1), State Route 15/121 is closed from Hoboken in Brantley to Folkston in Charlton County. Local residents will need to show proof of residency to gain access. The Racepond area remains under a mandatory evacuation order. Residents there should stay prepared to respond quickly to emergency orders, if necessary.

Weather:

Predicted high winds out of the northeast could be a problem for fire fighters today.  These gusty winds will develop with drying conditions in the afternoon which could affect fire behavior significantly.  Highs are expected in the lower 80's.  Humidity will be in the mid 40%.  Chance of rain is 30%.  Lighting in the area is possible.

Information:


Web Information                          
http://www.gema.state.ga.us/
http://www.satilla.org/
http://www.ware.k12.ga.us/
http://www.inciweb.org/

Phone Information:

Big Turnaround Information                        912-496-3687
Public Information Line Charlton Co.             912-496-3687
Sweat Farm Information                            912-285-6017
Joint Information Center                            912-287-2451

 

(Above) Cub Scout Pack 859 helped the fire crews on the fire in Atkinson County.  Bryson Mitchell, Brendon Mitchell and Gabe Merritt handed out much needed supplies such as Ice cold water, cookies, candy bars, wet wipes, etc.  There were two crews that we want to thank for their hard work, a Native American crew out of Oklahoma and a Puerto Rican Crew.  They are not locals and have helped keep this fire from spreading to populated areas.  

Photo Courtesy: Matt Mitchell,
Wayne Farms, Douglas