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Arabia Bay swamp burns 780 acres

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By Jade Bulecza - bio | email

CLINCH COUNTY, GA (WALB) –Smoke from a wildfire is creating dangerous driving conditions in several south Georgia counties.

The DOT issued a travel advisory from Waycross to Valdosta and all the way north to McRae.

The fire in the Arabia Bay swamp in Clinch County has charred 780 acres so far but could burn all 5,000 acres in the swamp.

The majority of it is a peat fire burning into the ground and the roots of trees.

Officials have done a contained burned around a church to secure it.

Homes are not threatened but rangers have a safety plan in place in case the fire comes out of the swamp.

Fara Smith lives nearby.

"It's been real thick every morning and I'm surprised my little boy hasn't had an asthma attack,"said Smith.

Investigators still aren't sure the cause of the fire.


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