Thu., April 12, 2012 3:15pm (EDT)

Wildfire Danger Persists
By Josephine Bennett
Updated: 2 years ago

MACON, Ga.  —  
Satellite view of fire in Pinhook Swamp along Florida-Georgia border
Satellite view of fire in Pinhook Swamp along Florida-Georgia border
Despite this week's high winds diminishing, the danger of wildfires in many parts of Georgia remains high. Forecasters say until we get rain things aren’t likely to change.

Wildfires are not typical at this time of year, but the risk is high because the state is in a drought. Similar conditions are occurring across much of the Southeast. Smoke from a North Florida wildfire in Pinhook Swamp could drift into parts of South Georgia.

Greg Strenkowski with the Georgia Forestry Commission says people need to be cautious and have a plan to get out should a fire start.

“The ability for sparks to ignite additional fires is high. The fires will spread rapidly and that the fire activity would be intense when we do have the fire.”

Dry conditions are expected to persist into next week.