Wind Shift Drives Georgia Wildfire Smoke Through State And Into Tennessee - NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com |

Wind Shift Drives Georgia Wildfire Smoke Through State And Into Tennessee

Updated:
WAYCROSS, Ga. (AP) _ An overnight wind shift drove smoke from the wildfire in southeast Georgia to Atlanta and Chattanooga, Tenn., officials said Sunday.

The wildfire, believed to have started from a downed power line on April 16, is 30%contained, but continues to spread, Sharon Dolliver of the Georgia Forestry Commission said. Another 10,000 acres burned Sunday and the total burn is 55,000 acres, or 85 square miles.

Another commission spokesman, Eric Mosley, said firefighters were able to get a lot accomplished Sunday.

``We were able to get a lot of firebreaks laid,'' Mosley said. ``Unfortunately we have to work with the weather. We are really just praying for rain.''

The fire destroyed about 18 homes and forced 1,000 people to evacuate earlier this week. Another 5,000 more were urged to evacuate their homes voluntarily on Friday because of potential health hazards from heavy smoke blowing into Waycross.
Powered by Frankly
News On 6
303 N. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103
Newson6.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 KOTV. Oklahoma Traveler™ is a registered trademark of Griffin Communications. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.