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.
A vast wildfire burning in the Okefenokee Swamp since late April is just shy of 300,000 acres in size after soaking rains in southeast Georgia slowed the blaze's growth over the weekend. A spokesman for the federal and state firefighters battling the swamp blaze, said Monday that 2 ½ to 4 inches of rain fell across much of the fire Friday and Saturday. The Honey Prairie fire was estimated to be 299,909 acres Monday.
Fire information officers say rain helped slow the huge Honey Prairie Fire on the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge during the weekend. Rich Phelps, an information officer for the Okefenokee fires, says the area received up to half an inch of rain on Saturday.
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.
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.
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.
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.