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Update: Downed line caused woods fire
No structures damaged
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Smoke from a fire in Long County earlier Thursday. - photo by Carolyn Leonard

Officials say downed power line likely caused a Thursday fire that burned at least 10 acres off Macedonia Road in Long County.

Firefighters from Long County Fire Department, Gumbranch Fire Department and Georgia Forestry Commission, along with deputies from the Long County Sheriff’s Department responded to the blaze, which threatened several homes in the area and alarmed residents.

Long County Fire Chief Chris Moss said the downed power line is the likely the source of the fire. The downed line also caused a power outage for hours, according to Moss.

No homes or structures were damaged by the fire, which occurred the day after Wednesday’s severe storms dumped heavy rains on the area.

Earlier story:

Long County Fire Department firefighters battled a woods fire off Macedonia Road on Thursday, according to Capt. Chris Moss. The fire was reportedly under control by 8:45 p.m. No homes or structures were damaged in the fire. 

Firefighters from four departments helped battle the blaze, which came near homes on Macedonia Road and was spotted by residents at 5 p.m. Fires were still spotted by residents nearby around 7:30 p.m. Fire engines were stationed near homes and fire breaks were dug to keep the fire from damaging residences. 

Lewis Levine and Carolyn Leonard contributed to this story. 

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