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Perdue releases more money to fight wildfires

May 18, 2007

Albany-  Governor Sonny Perdue issued an executive order to release seven million dollars in unspent state funds to help fight Georgia's wildfires. 

The fires have scorched more than 130,000 acres in the state.  Rainfall Thursday helped some. On the northwest side of the swamp they got as much as an inch and a half of rain, but that wasn't where they needed it the most.

The Sweat Farm Fire in Ware County is 82 percent contained, but 15 mile per hour wind gusts today were hampering efforts. The Big Turn Around fire is 45 percent contained.

In Atkinson County, the Roundabout Swamp fire has held steady at 95 percent containment for the week.

The fires in the two counties have cost a combined 25.8 million dollars to fight.

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