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.
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.
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.