ATLANTA, Ga (AP) — As storms approach some of the largest wildfires burning in the South, the rain signaled new hope for firefighters working to put them out.
However, authorities say the storms were also bringing high winds, which could topple the many dead trees and branches in burning forests and pose a threat to firefighters. Experts predict rains from one storm system wouldn’t be enough to end the relentless drought that’s spread across several states.
The storms appear to be taking aim at the two largest wildfires in the South – the nearly 28,000-acre Rough Ridge Fire in north Georgia and the nearly 25,000-acre Rock Mountain Fire burning on both sides of the Georgia-North Carolina line.
Authorities say 22 other large wildfires were burning throughout the Southeast U.S.