Mon., May 16, 2011 1:46pm (EDT)

Progress Fighting SE Ga. Wildfire
By Edgar Treiguts
Updated: 3 years ago

ATLANTA   —  
A plume of smoke seen from the Honey Prairie Fire burning in SE Ga.'s Okefenokee Swamp. (photo courtesy Ga. Forestry Commission)
A plume of smoke seen from the Honey Prairie Fire burning in SE Ga.'s Okefenokee Swamp. (photo courtesy Ga. Forestry Commission)
Fire crews are making progress with the wildfire burning inside southeast Georgia’s Okeefenokee Swamp. That progress comes courtesy of some rain over the weekend.

The region got between a half, to one-and-a-half inches of rain the past couple of days. That kept the fire from spreading, and Denise Croker with the Georgia Forestry Commission says it did help firefighters regroup.

“The rain just gave us a break...it was the strategic fire and operations that were conducted. We were using Highway 2 and Highway 94 on the south end, and with the strategic fire operations that just widened the road. We got rid of all that unburned fuel, so when the fire got to it, it didn’t have anything to burn.”

Croker says firefighters have the blaze now about 30 percent contained.

The Honey Prairie Fire has covered an area of more than 128,000 acres, but poses no immediate threat to any homes in the region.

It was sparked by a lightning strike two-and-a-half weeks ago.