BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) - With forecasters predicting an early spring in southeast Georgia, forestry officials are gearing up for what could be an early start to a fire season they fear could be a repeat of 2011.
Three large fires torched nearly 340,000 acres in and near the Okefenokee Swamp last year. The largest, the Honey Prairie Fire, burned about 310,000 acres after lightning started it in late April.
Jason Gillis, interim district manager at the Georgia Forestry Commission's Satilla District office, says forecasters are predicting average rainfall for February. But he said that won't be enough to cut into the drought that has left the woods and swamps dry.
He tells the Florida Times-Union (http://bit.ly/zzmCA8) that conditions mean wildfires could be popping up in a few weeks.