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Two men injured, 65 acres burned

Two injured and about 65 acres of timberland burned from wildfire

McIntosh County Volunteer Fire Chief Mark Deverger answered a call as a first responder concerning a man injured at Shellman Bluff. But when he arrived at the scene, he discovered that not only was a man injured, but there was a wildfire that had spread to adjacent timberland. As EMTs arrived on the scene, Chief Deverger called out for assistance by the McIntosh County Volunteer Fire Department and Georgia Forestry to fight the rapidly spreading fire.

According to Chief Deverger, Billy Bland, the property owner where the fire began, was riding on a four-wheeler when it wrecked. Due to the injuries he suffered, he was airlifted to a hospital in Savannah.

Firefighters arrived and Georgia Forestry had three tractors plowing firebreaks. One tractor bogged down and the firefighter suffered second degree burns to his legs and first degree burns to his face. He was transported to a hospital.

Deverger reported Monday afternoon that approximately 65 acres had burned and firefighters were working to keep the fire contained. There was one jump of the firebreak this morning.

The fire spread to a 2086-acre tract behind Bland’s property owned by Timberlands Holding Com Atlantic Inc % Rayonier Tax Services.

There was concern of west winds Monday afternoon that might kick-up the fire on the property that backs up to properties such as Clyde’s Market and Charles Towne Place. 




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