Ga. Forestry Investigation Unit finds origin of fires that burned 230 acres

By RICK HEAD
Publisher
WAYNESVILLE — Three fires in eastern Brantley County in less than 48 hours has officials alarmed for possible arsonists.
County volunteer firefighters were joined by departments from Glynn County,
Camden County and the Georgia Forestry Unit to fight a blaze on the Brantley County-Glynn County line Wednesday, April 21.
It would happen again two days later with all five Brantley County Volunteer Fire Departments responding between the Atkinson Community and Waynesville on U.S. 82.
Varn Wood was also involved in helping the forestry crew at both sites, according to Waynesville Volunteer Fire Department Chief Jack Cathcart.
Officials are leaning toward connecting the three to possible arson.
“Let’s just say all three are suspicious and the Georgia Forestry Investigation Division is handling this,” said Cathcart.
“They found the origination of all three.
If there are any more fires in the next couple of days or week there will be a full-blown investigation.”
Smoke was spotted south of Whispering Ridge Loop off Post Road South on the county line by a resident at 5:08 p.m., Wednesday, April 21, according to the 911 Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) report.
By the time units from the Waynesville Volunteer Fire Department, Hortense Volunteer Fire Department and Nahunta Volunteer Fire Department ceased fire fighting efforts at 9:48 p.m., approximately 100 acres containing small pine trees had burned and was 90 percent contained.

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