Saint George evacuated due to wildfire

Saint George evacuated due to wildfire


NG NEWS ALERT.>>Anchor: A WILDFIRE SPREADING AND NOW THREATENING HOMES. AN EVACUATION ORDER IS IN PLACE FOR ST. GEORGE, GEORGIA. RIGHT NOW. THE SIZE OF THE FIRE IS OVER IS 85 MIRE MILES, IT’S ABOUT THREE TIMES THE SIZE OF DISNEY WORLD AND SLIGHTLY LARGER THAN THE CITY OF TAMPA. THE AREA SOUTH TO ST. GEORGE. IN JACKSONVILLE WE’RE FEELING THE AFFECTS OF THE FIRE. HEAVY SMOKE CAUSING HAZY CONDITIONS. MANY OF YOU HAVE BEEN SENDING US PHOTOS. EVEN RESIDENTS AS FAR AS ST. JOHN’S COUNTY SHOULD SEE DARK SMOKE TODAY. THE WEATHER AUTHORITY’S MARK IS STANDING BY BUT FIRST WE GO TO DESTINY McKEIVER IN ST. GOOD MORNING. SHE IS LIVE WITH THE LATEST ON THE SITUATION THERE.>>Reporter: SO FAR PEOPLE HERE ARE JUST REPORTING SEEING A LOT OF SMOKE AND WE CAN SEE THAT TOO. ARRIVING TO THE AREA OF ST. GEORGE, LOTS OF SMOKE AS WE’RE DRIVING. LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS ARE STANDING HERE. THEY’RE BLOCKING THE ROADS NOT LETTING ANYONE ELSE INTO THIS AREA. WHAT SO FAR WHAT WE’VE SEEING PEOPLE COMING HERE TO THE MEDIA STAGING AREA WHICH IS RIGHT NEAR WUSSIE WAGON AND EXXON ON FLORIDA AVENUE. NOW AS OF LAST NIGHT, FORESTRY OFFICIALS WERE SAYING THE FIRE IS 12% CONTAINED WITH ABOUT 118,000 ACRESxD BURNING. BUT NOW THEY’RE SAYING THE LATEST UNOFFICIALLY IS CLOSER TO 138,000 ACRES, LOTS OF STATE AND LOC OFFICIALS HERE WITH EQUIPMENT IN THE AIR AND ON THE GROUND. ESTIMATED CONTAINMENT IS CLOSE TO NOVEMBER BECAUSE THEY’RE SAYING PREDICTED WEATHER PATTERNS ARE NOT LOOKING GOOD. NOT LOOKING IN OUR FAVOR RIGHT NOW. THEY’RE SAYING IT’S GOING TO TAKE A LOT OF RAIN TO SLOW THE FIRE DOWN, BUT A LOT OF PEOPLE IN THE AREA HERE, THEY SAY THEY HAVE FARMS, ANIMALS, LOTS OF THINGS THAT RISK RIGHT SO THEY DID EVACUATE AND COME HERE TO THE MEDIA STAGING AREA. I SPOKE TO ONE WOMANñr MOMENTS AGO.>>YES, WE’VEç 1 COW, WE HAVE PEA COX, DOVES, WE GOT CHICKENS. AND GOT A FEW DOGS.>>WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT YOUR ANIMALS?>>THEY MOVED THEM INTO ANOTHER FIELD. WHERE THEY WAS ON THIS SIDE. WHERE THE FIRE WAS COMING TO. SO WE MOVED THEM BACK HERE ON THIS SIDE BEHIND MY HOUSE.>>Reporter: LOOKING ON THE SCREEN THERE AT WHERE THEY HAVE A TEMPORARY SHELTER SET UP AT THE GYM. AT THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AT 34754 OKEFENOKEE DRIVE IN AFFECTIONSTON IF YOU ARE NEEDING SHELTER. YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO HEAD THERE. IN THE MEN TIME WE’LL COLLECT THE LATEST INFORMATION FROM HERE AND POST-IT FOR YOU ON-LINE AT newforjax.com. REPORTING LIVE IN ST. GEORGE

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