Georgia swamp fire expected to burn 5,000 acres

The Arabia Bay fire, six to ten miles northwest of Homerville, Georgia, has burned 1,500 acres, but the Georgia Forestry Commission expects it will burn an entire swamp by November 16, blackening 5,000 acres.

Arabia fire map

Map showing heat detected by satellites at 11:45 a.m. ET, showing the Arabia Bay fire.

Arabia Bay fire map

Satellite photo showing the area in which the Arabia Bay fire is burning.

Information from the Georgia Forestry Commission about the fire:

Residents of Clinch, Atkinson and Lanier counties should expect to see smoke as the GFC battles the blaze. Smoke could get thick at times, and GFC urges residents to use extreme caution when driving through dense smoke due to limited visibility. Georgia State Patrol, Department of Transportation and local law enforcement officials will be closely managing traffic on local highways while the fire burns. Motorists are advised to pay close attention to warning signs and any other instructions given by these officials.

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A November 12 update on the fire is HERE.

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Wildland fire has been a major part of Bill Gabbert’s life for several decades. After growing up in the south, he migrated to southern California where he lived for 20 years, working as a wildland firefighter. Later he took his affinity for firefighting to Indiana and eventually the Black Hills of South Dakota where he was the Fire Management Officer for a group of seven national parks. Today he is the creator and owner of WildfireToday.com and Sagacity Wildfire Services and serves as an expert witness in wildland fire. If you are interested in wildland fire, welcome… grab a cup of coffee and put your feet up. Google+