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High winds spread smoke from grass fire

CONYERS - Rockdale County firefighters quickly put out a grass fire along Dogwood Drive that created a large amount of smoke in the area due to high winds Wednesday afternoon.

Two engines from the Rockdale County Fire Department were called to the fire that had occurred near Century Parkway and Dogwood Drive about 1:30 p.m.

RCFD Deputy Chief Mike Lee said there were two or three hot spots in the location of Dogwood Drive near Kohl's department store and Courtesy Ford, but fire officials had not determined by press time what caused the fire.

Firefighters were able to contain the blaze to a small area, but it did produce excessive smoke. According to Lee, high winds might easily have spread the fire had it occurred in a less developed area.

"There's not a awful lot out there anyway to burn up, not like if it was out in the woods," Lee said. "They may have had a 5-foot wide strip of grass 60 feet long, but that's plenty to create a lot of smoke."

A lane along Dogwood Drive was closed briefly while the fire department put out the fire. There were no injuries reported.

The National Weather Service office in Peachtree City included Rockdale, Newton and Walton counties among those in north and central Georgia in a Red Flag warning Wednesday. The warning meant conditions of high winds, an abundance of wood fuel and low humidity created dangerous fire weather conditions in Georgia.

Temperatures hovered in the low 30s Wednesday with lows expected to reach down into the low 20s Wednesday night. Weather forecasters expect much of the same today with winds dying down and high temperatures nearing 40 degrees.

Jay Jones can be reached at jay.jones@rockdalecitizen.com.