Firefighters Still Fighting Wildfire In Columbia County
The blaze which is still running wild Saturday night, is leaving fire fighters exhausted and residents on edge.Â Firefighers hope to gain more ground and have it 15% contained by Sunday. The wind is the key, the windier it gets, the worse the fire becomes.
But they say fortunately for all of us the winds were fairly calm, now they're just hoping it stays that way.
Still hovering over Columbia County, smoke forces I-75 and I-10 to close. But light winds allowed highway officials to briefly open the roadways for periodic traffic.
The roads may stay shut, partly because of the palmettos. A fire behavior analysts says, "Palmettos burn whether brown or green and about 20% to 80% of this is the fuel."
He also says even though they'll be spot fires this evening, the fire conditions should actually get better. Because the wind shift is less that means the fires will be less active.
Forestry officials and fire fighters will of course be working through the night.
Right now they are having better luck controlling the eastern and southern portions of the fire. But again the winds could shift at any moment changing everything.
By Gavin Johnson, WCJB TV20 News
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