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Firefighters battle 6 wildfires along Highway 82

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WORTH COUNTY, GA (WALB) – All the ingredients for a wild fire were in order Tuesday afternoon. With high winds and dry grass, the slightest spark was all it took to set of a fast burning blaze.

Firefighters battled multiple grass fires along a 2-mile stretch of Highway 82 around the Dougherty Worth County line.

Some of them threatened homes.

Jamario Williams saw tall flames burning towards his Worth County mobile home. He used a water hose to spray the flames until firefighters arrived.

"It probably would have got it if I wouldn't have grabbed the water hose," said Williams.

Drivers on Highway 82 called 911 to report a half dozen grass fires that had firefighters in Worth and Dougherty counties working quickly to save surrounding homes and properties.

"We had several structures at one of the local trailer parks and we had one home and the wind kept changing direction on us. Forestry got on scene and we used what water we had and got it knocked out pretty quick," said Worth County Fire Lt. Chad Salter.

While the cause of the fire is only speculation at this point, the sectional path where separate fires started points to a potential culprit.

"A lot times that comes from wheel bearings on trailers or semis. Being spread out like that, that's what we're assuming it's going to be," said Salter.

Georgia Forestry crews used dozers to cut fire breaks along the right of way to prevent further flare ups. But the charred grass and wood lines serve as a reminder of just how right the conditions are for the smallest fires to get out of control.

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