Rain helps contain GA wildfires

Nearly 40,000 acres charred in southeastern part of state.

March 31, 2011

Firefighters in southeast Georgia were cheered by a steady rain that fell Wednesday, leading to speculation that wildfires that had already charred nearly 40,000 acres across a five-county area during the past week, could be contained by the weekend.

"The rain has helped tremendously," said Eric Mosely, a spokesman for the Georgia Forestry Commission.

While optimistic about curtailing current fires, emergency officials are warning residents to be vigiliant during the coming week as forecasts call for temperatures to rise, causing more dry conditions. "We don't want people to get complacent and start burning trash or yard debris," Mosely explained.

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