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Macon-Bibb firefighters battle fires in wooded areas

Macon-Bibb firefighters battled large fires in wooded areas Tuesday night, including a remote area off N. Franklinton Road that spanned about 20 acres, according to 911 dispatch.

The fires have been extinguished, according to 911.

At 5:41 p.m. firefighters were dispatched to battle the fire in the wooded area off N. Franklinton Road. The Georgia Forestry Commission assisted by cutting a fire break around it to keep it from spreading, Macon-Bibb fire Capt. Ricky Blair said.

The cause of the fire was not known, though dry conditions likely were a factor, Blair said.

At 8:49 p.m. firefighters were dispatched to a wooded area off Orange Drive. An old shed was engulfed and the woods around it caught on fire, Blair said.

A fire investigator was dispatched to the scene, Blair said.

The only fire scene with homes nearby was the one off Orange Drive and none of the homes were in danger, he said.

Also, a brush fire off Riverside Drive close to 7:30 p.m. also kept firefighters busy.

“We’ve had several today with these dry conditions,” Blair said. “It’s hot and dry and people need to be careful.”

All the fires remain under investigation.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.

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