South Georgia Wildfires

From the AJC:

Residents in a rural southern Georgia area were told to evacuate Wednesday because their homes could be in a wildfire’s path soon, as firefighters in that state and Florida tried to contain blazes that have charred more than 200 square miles. Weather forecasters, meanwhile, said the two-state area could expect little immediate rainfall relief from Subtropical Storm Andrea because it was expected to remain offshore for the next day or two.

The storm’s winds, however, have been blowing smoke from wildfires across Georgia and Florida, though it didn’t appear they would hinder firefighting efforts, said Jim Harrell, a spokesman for Florida’s Division of Forestry.

“They’re doing their best right now to stay around the fire to keep it from, away from homes, schools, businesses, and those types of buildings,” Florida Agriculture Commissioner Charles Bronson said.

Who knew that Charles Bronson was Florida’s Ag Commish?  Those fires better not tick him off or he’ll go all Death Wish on ’em.

3 comments

  1. gatormathis says:

    I bet it won’t be long before ole Charles will be bounding all down through the woods in his white Ford, “Mr. Majestic”, pickem-up truck single handlely running those fires down.

    Seriously though, the state is in a horrific state of drought, with as little rain between now and the past fall as I can ever remember. (I shade 21 by a few years)

    With all the heroic efforts the firefighters and pilots are throwing at the fires, nothing can compare with the effect a day long downpour would have.

    Let’s all hope and pray for some rain to come and settle the dust, get the yards and gardens going again, drench the wildfires, and let me get my planting done sooooooo……………

    I can make it to the STATE CONVENTION!!!!!

    “Oh how I wish that it would rain”, with the Temptations version being my favorite, should be played every hour, on the hour, by every radio station in Georgia till it brings some rain our way.

    Sounds like a reasonable enough project to me. Let’s get busy with the request……….

  2. gatormathis says:

    “Just the Facts” from Hussein Obama

    Obama says 10,000 died in Kansas tornado

    Associated Press

    Published on: 05/09/07

    RICHMOND, Va. — Barack Obama, caught up in the fervor of a campaign speech Tuesday, drastically overstated the Kansas tornadoes death toll, saying 10,000 had died.

    The death toll was 12.

    “In case you missed it, this week, there was a tragedy in Kansas. Ten thousand people died — an entire town destroyed,” the Democratic presidential candidate said in a speech to 500 people packed into a sweltering Richmond art studio for a fundraiser.

    Obama mentioned the disaster in Greensburg, Kan., in saying he had been told by the office of Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius that the state’s National Guard had been depleted by its commitment to the Iraq War.

    “Turns out that the National Guard in Kansas only had 40 percent of its equipment and they are having to slow down the recovery process in Kansas,” Obama said, his shirt sleeves rolled up and his head glistening with sweat.

    As the Illinois senator concluded his remarks a few minutes later, he appeared to realize his gaffe.

    “There are going to be times when I get tired,” he said. “There are going to be times when I get weary. There are going to be times when I make mistakes.”

    Obama spokesman Bill Burton said later that the senator meant to say “at least 10,” instead of 10,000.

    During his speech, Obama stirred the crowd as he often does by skewering President Bush over the unpopular war and noting that he opposed it from the outset.

    “How could we have been involved in a war that never should have been authorized, that has already cost us half a trillion dollars,” Obama said.

    It was Obama’s third visit to Virginia’s capital in eight months. It came as national polls show him trailing rival Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., by double digits.

  3. Demonbeck says:

    Everyone should do their part and go wash their cars this weekend.

    If that doesn’t bring rain, then we are truly screwed.

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