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5/11/2007

Second Georgia wildfire burns 100,000 acres

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Photo: Officials close a portion of Keystone Heights, Florida on May 10, because of dense smoke from wildfires.

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FOLKSTON, Ga. - Okefenokee Swamp has burned more than 100,000 acres, rivaling in just five days the vast record-setting fire that has scorched southeast Georgia for more than three weeks, firefighters said Thursday.
The rapidly growing fire, fed by fast-burning swamp grasses, had been reported at just 68,650 acres Thursday morning. Though mostly well within the swamp, it was spreading mostly to the west toward the town of Fargo, a tiny city of 380 about eight miles west of the swamp.
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