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POSTED: May 17, 2007 5:02 a.m.
In a departure from the norm, the smoke blanketing the Hinesville area is not from burning on the Fort Stewart military reservation.
Nor is it necessarily from the highly publicized fires in South Georgia, though they may be the source of some of it. Two fires in neighboring Long County are more likely culprits, officials say.
A staffer at the Georgia Forestry Commission said the smoke could be from almost anywhere.
“It seems like the whole state is on fire,” fire tower operator Shirley Williamson said.
Firefighters Tuesday were still working on two fires in Long County that were still smoldering and had some “hot spots,” although both were contained within firebreaks.
One blaze was near Rye Patch, not far from the Liberty-Long County line, and the other was along Marcus Nobles Road near the Tattnall County line.
Liberty/Hinesville Emergency Management Agency Director Tom Burriss said the conflagrations plaguing South Georgia counties including Atkinson, Ware, Brantley and Charlton counties were the worst wildfire outbreak in the history of the state.
 

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