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Brush fire still burning itself out

A brush fire on Wilmington Island continues to burn itself out. A brush fire on Wilmington Island continues to burn itself out.
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

A fire off of Walthour Road on Wilmington Island continues to burn itself out after crews worked for over two hours to get it under control Tuesday morning.

The fire started around 3 a.m. Tuesday and destroyed several acres surrounding residential homes. Fire crews worked for hours dumping dirt on the flames and using a bulldozer to carve an 8-foot wide security break all around the area to stop the flames from spreading.

The biggest concern was the homes that were very close to the woods where the fire was taking place. Strong winds were blowing the fire in that direction but crews were able to cut it off and contain it. The cause of the fire is still under investigation but officials telling WTOC that they believe it was caused by a previous fire in the area a couple of days ago that rekindled.

Heavy smoke continued to rise and blow into the homes nearby for most of the morning. The fire should burn itself out but a member of the Georgia Forestry Commission saying they will have to be very careful.

"The next couple of days are going to be extreme fire weather. We are going to have extreme winds probably 25 to 30 mph gusts. The humidity will be very low, so it's pretty critical for us," said Ty Hayman, Chief Ranger with the Georgia Forestry Commission.

With the high winds and low humidity crews will continue to keep an eye on this area to make sure it does not spread any more. No injuries or building damage was reported and the fire is under control.

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