UPDATE 2 – APRIL 17, 2017 (MONDAY) – 1840 HOURS PDT
Incident Summary | The wildfire was sparked by a lightning strike on April 6, 2017, has now destroyed 21,308 acres of timber (grass and understory) and southern rough. Crews have reached a 3% containment status.
Correction: This wildfire is located 2.5 miles NNE of Eddy Tower on south end of Okefenokee NWR in Georgia. It was previously reported in Oklahoma which was incorrect.
Resources | There are 265 personnel assigned along with ` Tree cutter (private contractor), 1 FWS Masticator, 1 FWS Maintainer-FWS, 12 FWS Hydrotracs, 12 FWS helicopters, 17 engines, 5 dozers, 27 tractor plows and 1 Hotshot crew. The fire is in Unified Command with the Georgia Forestry Commission Type 2 Incident Management Team assisting in managing the fire with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Florida Forest Service, and U.S. Forest Service.
Current Fire Conditions | The fire behavior is currently active, running and has short-range spotting.
Planned Tactics | “We will be conducting Indirect line construction where possible, utilizing tactical firing operations to secure upland land holding, mop up control lines, support prep work near private property, implement structure protection around communities and structures at risk, including Council, Fargo, Stephen Foster, and Okefenokee Refuge structures, utilize aircraft as needed to contain fire within the Refuge.
We will work to prepare operations at the Type 1 helibase at the Fargo golf course.
Night shift operations will commence from 2000 to 0800 hours with a firefighters on the line. We will continue to strengthen control lines. Additionally, we will monitor fire activity and check for hot spots, recon potential control lines and examine area for hazards and identify areas that need to be mitigated.” – FWS
UPDATE 1 – APRIL 10, 2017 (MONDAY) – 1830 HOURS PDT
Incident Summary | The wildfire is located 2.5 miles NNE of Eddy Tower on south end of Okefenokee NWR in Georgia. The fire started on April 6, 2017, reported at 1700 hours PDT. Fire Behavior is active, wind driven runs and creeping.
Fire Conditions | Active Fire behavior.
Resources | Resources are en route to the fire.
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