Wildfires Prompt Warnings About Holiday Celebrations, Smoke

WAYCROSS, Ga. (AP) - Raging wildfires that have burned for weeks
along the Florida-Georgia line have prompted the National Weather
Service to warn some people to avoid the smoke-filled outdoors as
far north as Atlanta.

Fire officials were asking the public to celebrate the Memorial Day weekend without any open flames.

Meanwhile, Governor Crist has also asked for a presidential emergency declaration in the state.

The fires have charred more than 550-thousand acres in southeast Georgia and northern Florida.

The Florida fire is about 90 percent contained, but in Georgia, the largest wildfire recorded since the 1950s is only 60 percent contained and continues to grow.

Officials say it will take one or two tropical storms with drenching rains to put the blaze out.


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