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Fires scorch Okefenokee and Southeast Georgia
April 15, 2007 A tree felled by lightning strikes power lines near Waycross, starting the largest wildfire in the history of the state
  Fires scorch Okefenokee and Southeast Georgia
  Camden County, Georgia
  Charlton County, Georgia
  Ware County, Georgia
May 5, 2007 A 2nd fire is caused by lightning south of the Okefenokee Swamp
  Fires scorch Okefenokee and Southeast Georgia
May 20, 2007 The fires in southeast Georgia converge and become known as the Georgia Bay Complex, one of the largest fires ever to occur in the nation
  Fires scorch Okefenokee and Southeast Georgia
June 2, 2007 Tropical storm Barry strikes Pinellas County, Florida and moves northeast, bringing rain needed to douse fires in Georgia's Okefenokee Swamp and nearby Waycross
  Fires scorch Okefenokee and Southeast Georgia
  Charlton County, Georgia
  Camden County, Georgia


Twin fire swept through Southeast Georgia, scorching 600,000 acres near Waycross. The Georgia fires started "...when a tree struck a power line on Sweat Farm Road near Waycross" according to Forest Service spokesman John Calabrese. The second fire was started on May 5 by a lightning strike in Florida.

Throughout May firefighters struggled to bring the fires under control while major cities like Atlanta, Savannah, Jacksonville and Orlando battled smoke from the blazes. Drought conditions contributed heavily to the firefighters inability to put the fires out.

Tropical storm Barry, the second named storm of the 2007 Hurricane season gave the men a much needed break. While the storm did not douse the major sections still burning, it put out thousands of smaller sections, freeing many firefighters to work on the major fires.

The fires were the worst in Georgia and Florida history, burning 564,450 acres.




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