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Wednesday, July 6, 2011 - 4:57am

Okefenokee Wildfire Grows

Updated: 3 years ago.
Officials said Tuesday the Honey Prairie Fire has burned about 290,000 acres, including 2,250 acres in the past two days. (Ga Forestry Commission)

Fire information officials at the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge say the Honey Prairie Fire continues to burn, and a new blaze has been identified.

Officials said Tuesday the Honey Prairie Fire has burned about 290,000 acres, including 2,250 acres in the past two days.

They say a new fire, called the Cravens Fire, has been spotted northwest of the main body of the fire and within its containment lines.

Fire information officer Rich Phelps says the main fire is 70 percent contained, although there are probably lines all the way around the fire. Phelps says there apparently are areas where firebreaks haven't been tested by the fire, which has shown the ability to jump the lines with windblown embers.