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June 11, 2007

Ware County-  Recent rains are giving firefighters and forestry crews fighting Georgia's wildfires a break. The fires burning in Ware, Charlton, and Clinch counties are now 90 percent contained.

Two new fires erupted Sunday in Clinch and Atkinson Counties, but were quickly contained. Forestry officials and fire fighters are now turning their attention from knocking down flames to focusing on hot spots that could re-ignite. Crews are also beginning to mop-up. That involves dozer crews clearing roads into the swamp areas so that crews can flood those areas with water to douse fires in the peat. It also means fewer crews are needed.

"We've dropped back probably 500 to 600 people away from what we had going about 1,500 down to about 1,000, between 900 and a thousand people. A lot of these people that are still there what they're doing is a mop up operations," said Gary English, Ranger-1.

It will likely be several months before crews completely pull out of the area. The fires have cost 52.7 million dollars to fight and have involved more than 15-hundred forestry personnel and fire fighters.

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