Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Woods Fire Takes a Turn toward Hope Wind Shift Helps Control Blaze in Clinch, Lanier

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Woods Fire Takes a Turn toward Hope Wind Shift Helps Control Blaze in Clinch, Lanier

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A wind shift yesterday sent a fire that burned more than 7,500 acres in Clinch and Lanier counties back over burned woods, helping firefighters get a handle on the fire that started Friday.

Georgia Forestry Commission officials said they didn't expect to have weather conditions favorable enough to gain full control of the blaze until today and that mop-up would still be going on tomorrow.

The fire was about 75 percent contained yesterday, and U.S. 84 between Stockton Road and Homerville was reopened.

Georgia 37 between Homerville and Lakeland remained closed yesterday afternoon because of reduced visibility from smoke.

"We've had a shift in the wind, and it's coming from the south, so it's blowing back on itself, more or less," said Vicky Edge, the fire information officer for the Georgia Forestry Commission. "If that holds ... it looks like we will be all right."

Edge said about 2,300 acres burned in Lanier County and 5,200 in Clinch County. …

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