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Ala. Sends More Wildland Firefighters to S.E. Georgia

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's Forestry Commission is sending
four more wildland firefighters to southeast Georgia to help fight
raging wildfires.

Commission spokeswoman Coleen Vansant said the two crews will replace two firefighters who are returning from the Waycross, Georgia, area. So far 12 firefighters, a fire investigator and a payroll clerk have been loaned to Georgia by the state agency.

Meanwhile, the Georgia Forestry Commission says the massive blazes have burned about 90-thousand acres and could destroy 30 million dollars worth of timber.

The commission estimates landowners could lose that much in trees being grown for lumber and paper products.

More than 70-thousand acres -- or 109 square miles -- of private land that has burned is owned by a mix of large corporations, individual timber farmers and nest-egg investors.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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