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Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 10:12am

Wildfire Closes U.S. 1 Near Waycross

The Georgia Forestry Commission says a fire in Ware County has burned at least 4,000 acres and is keeping U.S. 1 closed south of Waycross.

Senior forester Mark L. Wiles said Thursday the commission has 27 tractor plows working the fire, which is not yet contained.

He says.firefighters began fighting the fire around 6 p.m. Wednesday and CSX closed its main rail line between Waycross and Folkston about two hours later.

Brian Goddin, an information officer assigned to the huge fire in the Okefenokee Swamp, says the Ware County fire is moving on two flanks.

Jim Burkhart of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the fire jumped U.S. 1 in a couple of places overnight but remains a good distance from the Okefenokee.

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