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Fire in Long Co. burns about 750 acres
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A Georgia Forestry tractor establishes a break around a part of the fire. - photo by Photo provided by Paul Robertson

Several small brush fires and woods fires were reported this week in Long County, but another fire burned an estimated 750 acres in the Griffin Ridge area Wednesday and required forestry units to call for additional help. 
According to Long County Georgia Forestry Commission acting Chief Ranger Paul Robertson, a fire was reported east of Highway 84 near Griffin Ridge at around 3 p.m. Wednesday. 
Robertson said that he and units from his division began establishing breaks around the fire, but additional forestry units from Liberty, Evans and Bryan Counties were called in to help due to the size of the fire. 
In addition to the tractor units, Robertson said a helicopter was called in to drop water on hot spots. He said the units worked until around 1 a.m. Thursday, ensuring that breaks were established before quitting for the night. 
The units began working again at 8 a.m. and continued working throughout the day, he said. 
Robertson said that as of 7:35 p.m. Thursday, the fire was approximately 95 percent contained.
“Fortunately, this fire was predominately in a swamp area, but two homes were within 200 yards of the fire,” he said.
Robertson added that additional precautions were taken to protect the homes and neither was damaged.
He said the cause of the fire was undetermined at this time and was under investigation.

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