Raging wildfire destroys nearly 100 acres of land

By Evan Johnson - bio | email

MCINTOSH COUNTY, GA (WTOC) - A raging wildfire ignited in a wooded area just behind homes in McIntosh County.

"It was on top of the trees. It was 20 feet tall. It was crazy," said resident Michael Hobby.

Hobby immediately called for help. Within minutes, emergency crews rushed to the rural area. It took them nearly three hours to get the inferno under control. They then began looking for a cause.

"The initial report is that a land owner was conducting a controlled burn Saturday. It was a permitted burn and Saturday he put the fire out. In fact, the fire department came and sprayed some water on it to secure it. Well, that was two days ago and apparently it flared back up," said Rusty Clark, Chief Ranger for the Georgia Forestry Commission.

The fire burned nearly 100 acres of land and caused a huge loss for the land owner, as timber trees in the area were all destroyed.

"The timber has probably got 10 years of growth and it's killed the timber so he's lost 10 years of growth, plus double the cost to reforest it," said Clark.

Nearly a dozen homes were in danger of catching fire, but 35 volunteer McIntosh Firefighters were able to get the blaze under control with the help of a total of 11 fire units and four Georgia Forestry tractors. The crew will monitor the area throughout Monday to make sure the fire doesn't start up again.

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