Flare-ups expected as crews battle Ga. wildfires

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Posted: Mar 26, 2011 6:13 PM
Flare-ups expected as crews battle Ga. wildfires

Crews battling three wildfires across Georgia were expecting winds to cause flare-ups.

Georgia Forestry Commission spokesman Eric Mosley said Saturday that firefighters were working to get control of three blazes across southeastern Georgia.

Mosley said fires were expected to flare-up in the afternoon and evening when the wind from approaching storms drives embers into new areas.

The blaze in Clinch County has burned 16,000 acres, while the blaze in Bacon and Ware counties has consumed around 13,600 acres. A smaller blaze in Long County has burned about 4,000 acres and three homes.

Gov. Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency Friday because of the fires.