May 14, 2007
LAKE CITY, Fla. — Hope in the form of rain turned to fear of stronger wind gusts Monday as firefighters faced another tough day battling a massive wildfire along the Georgia-Florida line.
The wildfire that raced through the Okefenokee Swamp in southeast Georgia and into Florida was started by lightning more than a week ago. By Monday, it had burned 41,500 hectares in Florida after charring 53,400 hectares in Georgia — more than 948 square kilometres all.
Scattered rain showers swept the area Sunday, but the extent of the rain's effect wasn't known, and the wind in the fire zone Monday was expected to reach 24 kilometres per hour with gusts up to 40 kph, said U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Nina Barrow.