Fire information officers at the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge say the Honey Prairie Fire has grown by about 1,000 acres to nearly 292,700 acres. Officials say the estimate was made after a 7 p.m. reconnaisance flight on Thursday, and the fire has likely grown since then.
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.
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.
Authorities say two wildfires burning in south Georgia are now mostly contained. Authorities say the Race Pond Fire south of Waycross is more than 60 percent contained. And the blaze near the Okefenokee, the Honey Prairie, is more than 80 percent under control.
While the fire mostly has been contained, the aerial videos date from the fire's early weeks, when it appeared more dramatic from the air. The videos come from the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Georgia Forestry Commission. They were uploaded to a public website on May 20.
Firefighters have contained 55% of the massive blaze burning in the Okefenokee Swamp. Progress came quickly this week as wind, humidity and temperatures combined to allow crews to start controlled burns to corral the blaze. The fire has consumed the refuge's lower third.
The supervisory ranger of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge says a wildfire in the swamp has burned 1,400 acres. The ranger, Arthur Webster, says the fire is being called the Honey Prairie Fire and is in the southwestern area of the swamp. It was discovered on Friday.