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Smaller Fires Near Georgia Blaze Expected to Be Examined

According to an article published in the local Georgia paper the Atlanta Journal Constitution, has stated that firefighters today have asked for arson experts to examine 3 smaller fires near a large Georgia blaze that has burned for the past two weeks. The Georgia Forestry Commission decided the blazes appeared suspicious enough to warrant further investigation, as it seemed they could not have been started naturally as a result of the larger fire. The larger blaze has been a presence over the past two weeks, burning over 125 square feet of forest and swamplands, and destroying over 20 homes. By Monday morning the fire was over 60 percent contained, with firefighters achieving more success throughout the day. Schools were closed last week but reopened today. Families evacuated the areas where more fires have broken out.

Despite being an article by a local paper near the event intended for a local audience, it seems to have a national appeal because it doesn't get too caught up in specifics of location, and describes things in a way that a national audience can understand, while more than likely providing more information than your average wire service article about the incident. Officials from the Georgia Forest COmmission are quoted early on about the action their taking, and this part of the article seems to only last for about 4 graphs before the rest of the article takes a focus on the larger blaze and the damage it has caused over the past weeks. It doesn't assume that people have been following the event too closely, and gives some rudimentary statistics about the situation that help put it into perspective. Two different Georgia Forestry Commission spokespeople are directly quoted.

The Associated Press coverage of the event published in the Washington Post contains all information from the article in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, but trims out some of the stuff that might be less necessary, resulting in a more concise article. One of the same forestry spokespeople is also quoted, with the same quote used. It suits the story well and would serve as a nice means of getting the information out to a wider audience without overburdening them with information.

I prefer the Atlanta Journal Constitution article because it seems to be just as readable, but gives more information and context as to what the region is going through right now. The Associated Press article would certainly suffice, but it doesn't mention anything about the idea of potential new, intentional fires that the Atlanta article does. There is also a lot more detailed information about the extent of the fires, which I feel is important to understand the story. They're both fine for what they're meant to do.