10 homes burn in southeast Georgia:

10 homes burn in southeast Georgia:
‘Controlled burn’ spread over 1,000 acres

25 March 2011

published by www.ajc.com

USA — The sheriff of Long County says at least 10 homes have been destroyed by a wildfire that’s burned more than 1,000 acres in southeast Georgia.

Sheriff Cecil Nobles said firefighters had contained the blaze by Friday morning after spending most of the night battling flames spread by dry winds. He says there are no reports of injuries. He estimates about 100 people had to be evacuated from their homes overnight.

The sheriff says the fire began as a controlled burn that quickly got out of control late Thursday afternoon as winds spread flames into surrounding trees. The total area burned exceeds 1.5 square miles.

The Georgia Forestry Commission says it has ceased issuing burn permits as dry conditions have sparked a number of wildfires in southeast Georgia.

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