Fri., April 1, 2011 10:08am (EDT)

SE Ga. Wildfires In Mop-Up Stage
By Associated Press
Updated: 3 years ago

SAVANNAH, Ga.  —  
Firefighters in southern Georgia are mopping up what's left of three large wildfires that burned more than 60 square miles in the last week. (photo-Melissa Stiers)
Firefighters in southern Georgia are mopping up what's left of three large wildfires that burned more than 60 square miles in the last week. (photo-Melissa Stiers)
Firefighters in southern Georgia are mopping up what's left of three large wildfires that burned more than 60 square miles in the last week.

Georgia Forestry Commission spokesman Eric Mosley said Thursday the agency was returning control to local firefighters, who still have to snuff the smoldering remains of fires in Bacon, Ware, Clinch and Long counties.

Rainy weather and rising humidity across southern Georgia helped stop the fires from spreading once they had consumed more than 38,000 acres. Three homes were destroyed in Long County a week ago.

Mosley says fire crews will stay on their guard through the weekend to ensure smoldering embers don't reignite into full-blown fires as the weather is expected to get drier and windier. Still, he says firefighting operations are in "the home stretch."