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Flames scorch 90 acres in Long
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Firefighters who battled a 90-acre blaze in Long County Monday were able to stop the flames from consuming at least one home.
According to authorities, the Ludowici/Long County Fire Department received notice of a woods fire in the area of Monticello Estates off Elim Church Road at about 6 p.m.
The incident commander, Randy Combs, said the blaze started on the Elim Church Road side and jumped over to the Rye Patch Road area.
The L/LCFD responded to the fire and then called for assistance.
Units from the Hinesville, Glennville and Gum Branch fire departments, as well as Plum Creek Corp., and the Georgia Forestry Commission  responded.
“There were folks from all over fighting this fire, we even had a Jesup firefighter who was driving by stop, put on his turnout gear, and jumped on the nozzle,” L/LCFD firefighter David Golden said.
Combs reported there were 15 trucks on scene and about 30 personnel involved in fighting the fire.
Though there were several homes in the area, only one was damaged.
The mobile home of Cleo Underwood suffered minor damages to its exterior, and a storage shed was destroyed.
“My shed was full, I had old LP’s, a record player, all kinds of stuff in there. I even had a couple of old Jerry Lee Lewis Sun records, but I’m thankful that they saved my trailer,” Underwood said. “They did a wonderful job because that fire was knocking at the door.”
Combs said the fire was approaching the mobile home and shed shortly after 6 p.m., and fire crews had that portion of the blaze under control within about 10 minutes.
He also said the forestry units determined the woods fire was under control at about 8:30 p.m. Some units stayed at the scene until 11 p.m. to extinguish hot spots and secure the breaks around the area.
“Our guys did a good job, and so did everyone who came out to help. We really appreciate everyone from the fire units to the ladies auxiliary,” Combs said.
He noted the cause of the fire is still under investigation.
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