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Wed Jun 22, 2022, 04:49 PM

Wildfire threatens unspoiled Georgia island rich in history

Source: AP

By RUSS BYNUM

ST. CATHERINES ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Wildfires sparked by lightning have scorched hundreds of acres on this unspoiled island off the Georgia coast, where crews are battling to protect plantation ruins, the remnants of a 16th century Spanish mission and archaeological sites that have yielded human artifacts thousands of years old.

St. Catherines Island has long been prized as an ecological and historic coastal treasure. Giant sea turtles nest on its beaches and ring-tailed lemurs, brought to the island decades ago, live in its dense forest. Slave quarters made from oyster-shell tabby survive on the island, about 40 miles (65 kilometers) south of Savannah, as does the home of a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Protected for decades under ownership of a private foundation, St. Catherines Island has seen roughly 15% of its land area burn since a lightning storm sparked fires June 11. Severe drought left the island tinder-dry, allowing flames to rapidly spread. Columns of black smoke have been visible from the mainland, and raging flames reaching the treetops have at times burned near the beach.

“We have an untouched history, so we go above and beyond to try to protect that,” Michael Halderson, the island’s manager and only fulltime resident, told reporters Wednesday during a boat tour of the island’s perimeter, where smoldering fire formed thick smoke among blackened trees.



Smoke rises from the burned landscape at the north end of St. Catherine's Island on Wednesday, June 22, 2022. Four fires were sparked on the island by lightning strikes on June 11. (Richard Burkhart/Savannah Morning News via AP)


Read more: https://apnews.com/article/wildfires-science-fires-georgia-climate-and-environment-35330574116e82e443c4c2f87001d018

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maxsolomon Wednesday #1
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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Jun 22, 2022, 04:53 PM

1. All things must pass.

Another casualty of Anthropogenic Climate Change that we're not going to do anything about.

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Response to maxsolomon (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 22, 2022, 05:06 PM

3. Yep but watch for it

Someone from the brigade will be along to tell you it's not so.

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Response to Brenda (Reply #3)

Wed Jun 22, 2022, 05:39 PM

4. There is one thing here I always read. n/t

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Jun 22, 2022, 05:04 PM

2. Lightning

So, this one's ambiguous: maybe it's related to global warming, maybe it isn't.

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Response to Lil Liberal Laura (Reply #2)

Wed Jun 22, 2022, 06:30 PM

5. Spring drought.

+ Lightning strike.

1 is normal, the other isn't.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Jun 22, 2022, 08:18 PM

6. Nature puts the kabosh

on hopes and dreams.

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