Dry timberland and creek beds without water are signs of trouble for Ware County Fire Department personnel.
Tinder-dry conditions mean woodland fires.
A woods fire was sparked on about a two-acre tract of land in the Millwood area off Zion Hill Road Monday in an extremely remote area that was hard to access, said Capt. Joe McPhaul.
Firefighters were dispatched to the area at 8:39 p.m. where they found a fire in the middle of a wood thicket. McPhaul said they were on the scene until about 11:13 p.m.
“I don’t know what started it. I know there are crews out there working. But it is just dry,” said McPhaul. “We were driving through creek beds last night that had no water in them.”
Georgia Forestry firefighters were also on the scene and will “be back out there today,” McPhaul said, “looking for hot spots” and working to make sure the fire doesn’t re-ignite or spread.
“A resident in the area saw a glow and called it in,” said McPhaul. “It was way out in the middle of nowhere and really hard to get to.”
Nobody was injured, McPhaul said, but firefighters also had to battle a sweltering heat and humidity.
“We keep plenty of Gatorade and water on the trucks,” said McPhaul. “The fellows from Georgia Forestry were going back early this morning to check it out.”
McPhaul urges everyone to not strike a match during this current heat wave and the dry and dusty conditions.
“We hope for rain. That’s all that will help right now,” McPhaul said.

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