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Firefighters, forestry crews continue to battle Bacon County forest fire

BACON CO., GA (WTOC) -

Bacon County firefighters and Georgia Forestry crews continue to work a pair of Forest fires north of Alma.

Just less than 600 acres have burned so far north of Alma in the Bennett Still area. 

They believe they have the fire 80 percent contained. However, flames and embers jumped fire breaks on Monday evening so fire crews aren't relaxing anytime soon.

 

Wallace Carter rushed to the are when he found out how close it got to his late parents home. It nearly destroyed the irrigation pump house for their blueberry bushes nearby. 

"It's real scary when it's coming toward your place, or even where you have belongings. It's very scary," he said. 

By Tuesday, fire crews had cut it off from further houses, as well as cotton fields. Bacon County's fire chief said they couldn't pump enough water to put it out completely. 

"We're trying to contain it and keep putting out the hot spots," Chief Bradley Taylor said.

 

 

Tuesday afternoon, one forestry worker was taken from the scene by ambulance for heat issues. He is expected to be okay.

 

Firefighters from Bacon, Ware, Brantley, Appling, Jeff Davis, Coffee and Pierce counties, with the help of Georgia Forestry member, have all gone to assist. Close to 200 people from over a half dozen different county fire departments have been battling the blaze in shifts since around 2 p.m. Monday. 

The main goal is to contain the fire and protect everything in its path. 

Officials say one building was affected but crews were able to save it. They say there are 12 other houses that are still in danger depending on the winds.

Even when they do get it completely contained and extinguished, they'll be watching for flare ups for weeks.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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