Georgia Wildfire Among Century's Largest

Fire officials now call a fire burning near Waycross, Ga., the largest wildfire in more than a century.


WAYCROSS, Ga. --

Fire officials now call a fire burning near Waycross, Ga., the largest wildfire in more than a century.

Investigators said the blaze that has burned an area more than two-and-a-half times the size of New York City has stopped growing.

The wildfire started near Waycross in mid-April. Due to extremely dry conditions, it spread to the Okefenokee Swamp within one week.

The fire has burned 903 square miles of land. The National Interagency Fire Center called this fire the largest wildfire in the Southeast since 1898.

Rain since June, including a dousing from Tropical Storm Barry, helped stop the fire from spreading.

Firefighters continue to put out hot spots and expect to extinguish the fire completely within three weeks.