Firefighters spend holiday monitoring Georgia wildfires

CALHOUN, Ga. (AP) — Nearly 100 firefighters spent their Thanksgiving holiday mopping up and monitoring wildfires in north Georgia.

WSB-TV reports the state forestry commission re-deploying the bulldozers and crews to different areas Thursday so they could get to new fires more quickly. The firefighters that were on duty for the past 14 days are being relieved by fresh crews coming in to help.

“We’ve developed two staging areas in North Georgia.  So, some of our resources focused on fires here are now being stationed in certain areas so they’re available for initial attack when we have new fires,” Hannah Cowart says.

Local churches organized two Thanksgiving dinners for the crews to give them a feeling of home on the holiday.

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