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05/11/07

New Wildfire Spreads Rapidly in Southeast Georgia

Firefighters say a new wildfire in the Okefenokee Swamp has burned more than 100,000 acres in just five days. Officials say it rivals the size of the record-setting fire that has been burning in southeast Georgia for more than three weeks.

A lightning strike ignited this new fire on Saturday. Officials say it's contained in the swamp right now, but it is getting very close to breaking the perimeter.

One official says this new fire has already grown larger than the 116,000-acre wildfire that has been burning since April 16.

Authorities hoped a subtropical storm would bring some relief, but only an inch of rain or less is expected.

Yesterday, US Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA Dist. 1) announced the federal government approved assistance from FEMA for the wildfire burning in Charlton County. Currently there are 16 other fires burning uncontrolled within the state.

Reported by: Lindsay Mohs, lmohs@wtoc.com

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