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Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - 5:21am

Okefenokee Wildfire Is Out

A wildfire that burned more than 483 square miles of the Okefenokee Swamp in south Georgia has been declared extinguished nearly a year after it started.

Rangers at the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge said Tuesday they're confident the blaze burned itself out after recent dry weather with low humidity and gusty winds failed to rekindle the blaze. Months have passed since any active flame was reported from the fire, but rangers feared it was continuing to smolder underground.

The Honey Prairie Fire was ignited on April 28 last year by a lightning strike in the swamp. It burned 309,200 acres — or 483 square miles — near the Georgia-Florida state line. Firefighters contained most of the fire within the refuge. No homes were lost and no one was seriously injured.