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Weekend rainfall helpful, but wildfires still far from contained

June 4, 2007

Ben Hill -- The weekends rainfall provided much needed help to the south Georgia region that for weeks has dealt with wildfires.

Up to five inches of rain fell throughout parts of southeast Georgia as Tropical Depression Barry pushed through Georgia and moved up the Eastern Seaboard.

While the rain certainly provided relief for those fighting the fires in southeast Georgia. According to forestry officials, they are still far from contained.

According to Ben Hill County Forest Ranger Jimmy Parker, the rain helped, but it will take a lot more to make an impact. 

"It's just a short term fix. What's going to happen the way the wind is blowing, it's going to dry everything out. It's going to be dry on top and you can have fire anytime," says Parker.

So far over 600,000 acres of land in Georgia and Florida has been destroyed by the raging wildfires.