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GA Forestry prepping for 2008 wildfires

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January 23, 2008

Waycross - The Georgia Forestry Commission is preparing for what could be another devastating wildfire season.

Tuesday, they began conducting prescribed burns to private and state owned forest land surrounding the Okefenokee Wildlife refuge.

 They say much of the land was not burned by the massive wildfires in 2007 and has a lot of growth that could provide fuel to the fire...if another blaze erupts near by.

They say these precautions are necessary as they are predicting the 2008 fire season could be the same...if not worse than last year.

"We are going to continue that raw La Nina pattern on into the spring which historically and typically bring us dry weather for this part of the nation, especially South Georgia here," says Frank Sorrells, Waycross District Manager for the Georgia Forestry Commission.

They hope to burn about 65 hundred acres surrounding the refuge in Ware, Clinch and Charlton Counties.

They say, if weather permits, they'll be conducting these burns through the end of February.