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Wildfire smoke lingers on

May 31, 2007

Albany  --  Thick smoke from the south Georgia/Florida wildfires blanketed south Georgia this afternoon lowering visibility and causing respiratory problems for many.

Visibility began to drop around 1:00 Thursday afternoon in Albany. At 2:00 it was down to just a half-mile. Smokey conditions kept many people inside, especially those with respiratory problems like Asthma or Emphysema.

It also forced many elderly to retreat inside. "I don't go outside very much because I have a hard time breathing anyway and it's just horrible trying to breathe," says Colleen Chappell.

The Georgia State Patrol cautioned south Georgia drivers to take it easy on area roadways when the smoke becomes thick like it did this afternoon.

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