The community is invited to attend a public information meeting at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Ware County High School Performing Arts Center to receive updates from officials on the wildfires in the area.
The center is located at 700 Victory Drive, off U.S. Highway 84 in Waycross.
Fire managers from the Honey Prairie Fire Complex and the Satilla summer fires will provide updates on the fires in the Charlton, Ware, Brantley and Echols County regions.
The public will be invited to ask questions following the updates.
As of Friday, the Honey Prairie fire in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge has burned 280,527 acres and is 60 percent contained, the Sweat Farm Again fire in Ware County has burned 19,725 and is 38 percent contained, and the Racepond fire near Folkston has burned 21,103 acres and is 60 percent contained.
Scattered thunderstorms that moved across southeast Georgia on Thursday provided much-needed rain on most fires in the area, officials said. The storms, however, also sparked several new fires in the area, fire officials said.
Thunderstorms predicted for Friday were expected to bring more rain and lightning. The storms may bring erratic winds, which could test containment lines, officials said. They said Thursday's storms and high winds caused extreme fire behavior, causing fire managers to pull fire crews out of certain areas for safety reasons.
In Camden County, a state of emergency was declared Friday because of the wildfires and extreme drought. An outdoor burn ban was issued and the suspension of the sale of consumer and display fireworks was ordered until conditions improve. Officials said a permitted fireworks event for the city of St. Marys will be allowed.
The Georgia Fire Information Center is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily to help assist the public with up-to-date information on all fires across southeast Georgia. For more information, call 912-496-2566 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.