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.
Rain and high humidity over the past few days have helped fire crews in southeast Georgia. They say they’ve been able to make good progress fighting three large wildfires. Currently, more than 30,000 acres are burning in Clinch, Bacon, Ware and Long counties.
Governor Nathan Deal Friday declared a state of emergency for four southeast Georgia counties plagued by wildfires. More than 20,000 acres are burning. Coffee, Long, Bacon and Clinch counties are under states of emergency.
Firefighters have contained several large wildfires burning in Dade, Lumpkin, Brantley, Clinch and Lanier counties. In the last seven days, Georgia Forestry Commission crews have battled 627 fires covering 5,300 acres.