Georgia, USA, battles "largest wildfire in history"
Firefighters in the USA are battling to contain what has been called the largest wildfire in Georgia’s history. Many people were evacuated from their homes over the weekend 28-29 April) and significant stretches of highway closed.
The first fire ignited on 16 April and has since razed some 260 km 2 of forest and swamp in south-east parts of the state. Lack of rainfall, tinderbox conditions and warm winds have all contributed to the fire’s intensity.
Officials say the fire could continue burning for up to a month.