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Fire threatens McDonough homes

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Henry County firefighters contained a woods fire Tuesday, preventing it from spreading to nearby homes in the 200 block of River Road, near the Henry and Newton county line. Smoke from the fire surrounded homes, which were threatened by burning embers blowing in the wind, according to fire officials.

Special Photo Henry County firefighters contained a woods fire Tuesday, preventing it from spreading to nearby homes in the 200 block of River Road, near the Henry and Newton county line. Smoke from the fire surrounded homes, which were threatened by burning embers blowing in the wind, according to fire officials.

By Elaine Rackley

erackley@henryherald.com

Henry County firefighters stopped a McDonough woods fire from spreading to 15 homes near the 200 block of River Road Tuesday evening.

The fire burned about 15 acres located on Snapping Shoals Road, before it was brought under control near the Newton and Henry county line, said Division Chief of Operations, Brad Johnson.

"The wind keeps picking up and blowing embers in the direction of the homes," said Johnson, from the scene.

The blaze began around 4:30 p.m., and around 5:45 p.m. members of the Georgia Forestry Commission, from nearby Rockdale County, dug trenches around the fire to bring it under control.

Some 25 firefighters, five fire engines, an evacuation rescue unit, ambulances, and heavy rescue machinery, worked the blaze past 7 p.m.

"We think it [the fire] was set by kids playing," said Johnson.

Outdoor burning has been banned in the area until further notice, he said. "The lack of rainfall makes the vegetation in the wooded area really dry," said the chief.