#WestMimsFire | GA | 16



Ignition Date/Time/Cause

A wildfire was sparked by a lightning spark on May 6, 2017, around 1700 hours.


The wildfire is located seven (7) miles East of Fargo, Georgia burning in the Okefenokee National Wildfire Refuge.


There are about 508 fire personnel assigned to this incident.

Map showing hot areas on the West Mims Fire


Fire Behavior

The fire behavior is currently minimal, smoldering, creeping as a slow-moving surface fire and reburning in places.

Fire has burned 152,515 acres.  There is currently a 65% containment status.

Fire Managers are not expecting containment of this fire until December 1, 2017.

Fire Modules

This incident is currently in Fire Modules 2, 4, 7, 9, 12 and 13.

NEW! North side of Fire

A lightning-strike fire was detected by MMA south of Honey Island on the north side of the fire.

NEW! West side of Fire

A fire was ignited by another lightning strike south of Strange Island on the west side.

NEW! SW side of Fire

A larger fire started by a lightning struck just SW of Folkston near Sardis and Royal Petty Roads.  Two engines and two dozers were sent from the east side of the fire from Staging located from the Refuge’s Headquarters.  Three acres of young pine was burned.  Fire lines were constructed along with installation of a fire hose line and pumps.  Mop-up operations were still in effect at the time of this post.



We are using the following hashtags for this incident:  #WestMimsFire  #GAwildfires2017 #OkefenokeeNWR

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