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Monday, June 20, 2011 - 6:10am

Weekend Rains Help Wildfire Battle

Rain over the weekend helped to knock-back the massive fires burning around the Okefenokee Swamp.

An official with the Georgia Forestry Commission says as much as an inch of rain fell early Saturday on one fire west of Waycross and a separate blaze near the juncture of Ware, Brantley and Charlton counties.

Fires over the last several weeks have burned about 250,000 acres near the swamp and forced some temporary evacuations at different times.

Nearly 200 firefighters continue work to plow fire breaks between rows of planted pine trees to give fires less fuel to burn.