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Hazy smoke in Bulloch from Okefenokee fire
A firefighter helps create a fire break last week to contain the fire burning in the Okefenokee Swamp for the past few weeks. - photo by Special

      According to officials with Bulloch County 911, the hazy smoke wafting around the area today is coming from a huge fire that started earlier this month in the Okefenokee Swamp in South Georgia.
      Federal and state officials said firefighters have contained 70 percent of the blaze in the swamp, but breezes from the south carried the smoke north into Bulloch and surrounding counties.
      Fire information officer Brian Goddin said that as of Sunday, the fire had burned 147,046 acres, including acreage from fires set to deprive the fire of fuel.
      Goddin said firefighters decided on Saturday to burn out an area near Stephen C. Foster State Park and another pocket left unburned deep in the swamp.
      Goddin said firefighters are burning the vegetation now to ensure it doesn't burn in conditions under which a fire could spread.
      He said firefighters also are continuing to strengthen firebreaks around the perimeter of the swamp.
      Goddin said there were 287 people assigned to the fire Sunday, down from nearly 400 at the peak of the fire.

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