Georgia fire officials say, less than 100 fire personnel will be working the Okefenokee Swamp's Honey Praire Fire by this weekend. The officials say, they are "right-sizing" fire-fighting efforts based on ground conditions. At its worst, fire-figters and support staff numbered about 1,000.
Rain over the weekend helped to knock-back the massive fires burning around the Okefenokee Swamp. An official with the Georgia Forestry Commission says as much as an inch of rain fell early Saturday on one fire west of Waycross and a separate blaze near the juncture of Ware, Brantley and Charlton counties.
A wildfire burning out of control in southeast Georgia a few miles west of Waycross has raced across nearly 8 square miles in less than a day, forcing some rural residents to evacuate. Jonathan Daniel, emergency management director for Ware County, said Thursday about 75 homes were evacuated overnight. He says residents of about 25 homes have been unable to return because the flames are still too close.
Wildfires burning in southeast Georgia’s Okefenokee Wildlife Refuge are creating smoky conditions for locals. The Georgia Forestry Commission says people with respiratory issues should stay inside. And drivers on highways 82, 84, and 280 may have trouble seeing through smoke.