Incident Summary | The West Mims Wildfire was ignited by lightning on April 6, 2017, and continues to grow daily. It is located approximately 2.5 miles northeast of the Eddy Fire Tower in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and about 7 miles East of Fargo in Georgia.
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UPDATE 5 – MAY 1, 2017 (MONDAY) – 2000 HOURS PDT
Acreage | 100,166 acres destroyed.
Containment Status | 8% contained.
Resources | 468 personnel. 5 helicopters, 53 wildland fire engines, 5 bulldozers, 34 tractor plows, 2 interagency hot shot crews and various overhead and support personnel.
Current Fire Conditions | Fire behavior is currently active, flanking, backing and short-range spotting.
Much of the fire has either bumped into the swamp edge or been contained on the north and west sides of the fire. Southwest winds on the fire today have rotated fire direction and the southeast corner of the fire is being tested from Soldiers Island to the east side swamp edge break. Fire on Billy Island and Strange island continue to flank south where fuels are available.
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UPDATE 4 – APRIL 29, 2017 (SATURDAY) – 1000 HOURS PDT
Fire Status | Fire has increased to 94,664 acres and still at 8% containment. Fire Managers report most of yesterday’s fire growth resulted from the fire edge gradually backing south and flanking east in active fire areas south of Strange Island and east/south of Mitchell Island.
Future Tactics | Crews will continue to monitor all containment lines and monitor firing operations closely.
Resources | No changes. 488 personnel assigned to incident.
Equipment | 6 helicopters,56 wildland fire engines, 6 bulldozers, 35 tractor plows, 2 interagency hotshot crews and various overhead and support personnel.
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UPDATE 3 – APRIL 28, 2017 (FRIDAY) – 1750 HOURS PDT
Fire Status | 86,868 scorched acres. 8% contained.
Command | The Georgia Forestry Commission Type 2 Incident Management Team is managing the fire with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Florida Forest Service, and U.S. Forest Service.
Resources | 488 personnel assigned to this fire incident along with 6 helicopters, 56 wildland fire engines, 6 bulldozers, 35 tractor plows, 2 interagency hot-shot crews and various overhead and support positions.
Fire Tactics | Strategic firing operations in effect, while addressing windy conditions.
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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
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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.
Fire Images | Courtesy of Inciweb
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