Wed., May 30, 2012 10:00am
Within the past three days, three rain gauges in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge had recorded rainfall totals between 3.75 inches and nearly 6 inches. On May 24, the swamp was at 118.68 feet above sea level at the refuge headquarters. Tuesday, it reached 119.14 feet with rain still falling.
Tue., March 6, 2012 6:15pm
The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge had dropped to near record lows because of prolonged drought, but National Weather Service maps showed that five or more inches of rain fell in some areas in and near the Okefenokee.
Wed., February 8, 2012 5:07pm
Forecasters are predicting more dangerous conditions for the spring wildfire season. Rains expected this month could improve conditions, but not enough to help already dry areas. New vegetation could add to the problem.
Thu., December 15, 2011 8:55am
A wildfire that's scorched more than 480 square miles in the Okefenokee Swamp is still burning deep underground after nearly eight months, though officials said it grew by just an acre since October.
Wed., August 3, 2011 5:14pm
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.
Thu., June 30, 2011 8:37am
Fire information officials say the Okefenokee Swamp's Honey Prairie Fire continues to grow. The joint information center for the team fighting the fire says it's now 286,698 acres, up about 3,000 acres in two days. John Nicholls, a fire information officer, said Wednesday a new team is taking over management of the fire.
Tue., June 14, 2011 5:31pm
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.
Sat., May 28, 2011 8:25am
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has rejected a proposal to transplant some Florida panthers to the Okefenokee Swamp on the Florida-Georgia border. The only current population of the big cats is in South Florida, and it numbers only 120 to 160 breeding animals.
Mon., May 23, 2011 11:48am
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.
Thu., May 19, 2011 3:14pm
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.