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Fla., Ga. Still Battle Wildfires; Little Help Expected From Storm

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Residents in a rural southern Georgia area were told to evacuate Wednesday because their homes could be in a wildfire's path soon.

Firefighters in Georgia and Florida tried to contain blazes that have charred more than 200 square miles.

Georgia officials issued a mandatory evacuation in southern Charlton County including the town of Moniac, saying homes may be in the fire's path by early Thursday.

In Florida's Bradford County, a wildfire has forced the evacuation of about 250 homes.

Weather forecasters said the two-state area could expect little immediate rainfall from tropical storm Andrea because it is expected to remain offshore for the next day or two.

The storm's winds have been blowing smoke from wildfires across Georgia and Florida. But Jim Harrell, a spokesman for Florida's Division of Forestry, says it doesn't appear that will hinder firefighting efforts.

The storm is expected to weaken before coming ashore in the form of thunderstorms including lightning that could set more fires.

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


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