BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — A Brunswick mower manufacturer is volunteering equipment and manpower to help protect Ware County buildings as the 267,900-acre Honey Prairie Fire continues spreading through the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.
Kut-Kwick Corp. sent two mowers and operators to Ruskin Elementary School west of Waycross and the Okefenokee Swamp Park off U.S. 1 to cut underbrush. At the swamp park, it allows firefighters to conduct burnouts around buildings and exhibits to remove materials that could fuel the spread of wildfires to structures.
Eric Mosley, manager of the joint information center on the fires in Southeast Georgia, says incident commanders wanted to set the burnouts days ago but thick undergrowth made it too dangerous.
Mosley says a Georgia National Guard engineer battalion has brought enormous bulldozers to the area to help widen firebreaks.