By Dan Shapley
Smoke from the South Georgia wildfire, still raging through drought-stricken swamp, sent lung-choking smoke as far as the Carolinas. The smoke was thick enough to trigger asthma attacks and exacerbate other lung and heart ailments. Meanwhile, rain failed to quell the fire in New Jersey, as the strong winds that accompanied the moisture whipped the fire into a new frenzy. Fires in Arizona and Minnesota also continued to burn. Scientists say to expect more intense wildfires as a consequence of global warming. Decreasing snow and ice will lead to drier summers in may places, and that in turn will provide fuel for fire, according to a story in the May 17 Atlanta Journal-Constitution.