Firefighters put out small wildfire in Twiggs County

Firefighters from four counties battled a wildfire off Ga. 57 in Twiggs County late this morning.

A small fire was reported in the median of the highway near mile marker 2 shortly after 10:30 a.m.

The Georgia Forestry Commission cut firebreaks and contained the blaze, the size of which will be determined later through global positioning satellites.

Heavy smoke and fire vehicles in the highway closed the road briefly, but it was reopened to traffic at about 11:30 a.m.

Twiggs County Chief Deputy Billy Boney was grateful for the quick response of firefighters from surrounding counties, which kept the blaze from getting out of hand.

Boney urged motorists not to throw cigarette butts from their windows during these drought conditions.

Come back to our Web site this afternoon for photos and video from the scene.