Smoke warning issued for south Georgia

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The Georgia Forestry Commission warns that smoke from fires burning in the Okefenokee Wildlife Refuge may cause hazardous conditions may cause hazardous conditions.

The fires have scorched more than 200,000 acres since being set off by a lightning strike in late April.

"As long as the east winds continue, we can expect smoky conditions," said Greg Findley, Flint District Manager with the Georgia Forestry Commission, in a statement. "People with sensitive respiratory systems should stay inside, especially in the early morning and evening hours, when conditions are worst."

Findley urged drivers to use extra caution on area roads, including State Highways 82, 84 and 280.

Burn permits are not being issued for residential burning.

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