President Bush on Tuesday pledged federal help in response to wildfires that have savaged parts of Georgia and Florida.

The current wave amounts to one of the largest fires ever to hit the South. Drought conditions have dried up swamps and wetlands that typically serve as fire barriers.

"I've come down to let people know we are concerned about their livelihood," the president said at a briefing with state and local officials.

"Right now the coordination is good in terms of fighting the fires," he said. "The question is how can we help them even more," Bush said.

The president stopped in Brunswick before delivering a speech in Glynco, Ga., about his proposal to overhaul the nation's immigration system.