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.
As daily temperatures warm into the 90’s with triple digits not far behind, air conditioning expenses go up. But it's likely there will be little to no money available to help the state’s low income residents with their energy bills this summer.
Environmental groups have formally asked the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to re-introduce panthers to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. If their idea is adopted, about a dozen endangered Florida panthers could be put in the swamp to start a new population there. They say, the cats' habitat in South Florida is diminishing.
The Nature Conservancy has bought more than a thousand acres of fire-scorched land and donated it to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. The land is on the refuge's northwest edge, where wildfires burned a half million acres in 2007.