OKEFENOKEE NWR, GEORGIA
A wildfire was sparked by a lightning spark on May 6, 2017, around 1700 hours from an unknown cause.
The West Mims Wildfire was reported on April 6, 2017, approximately 2.5 miles NE of Eddy Fire Tower in Okefenokee NWR or 16 miles East of Fargo, Georgia.
Fire Personnel + Equipment
There are 394 personnel along with one crew, 32 engines and 5 helicopters.
Damage Assessment – Acres + Containment Status
152,515 acres (no change) of Southern Rough and timber have been burned but a 65% containment status has been achieved.
Damage Assessment – Threats + Destruction
Numerous structures threatened. Road, area and trail closures in effect.
4 structures have been lost.
Estimated Containment Status
Fire Managers are not expecting containment of this fire until November 1, 2017.
A Temporary Flight Restriction or TFR is still in effect. Flying Drones in Fire Zones cause Fire suppression aircraft to have to land until the airspace has been cleared of all aircraft, including Drones. #NoZonesInFireZones #KnowWhenToFly
Burn bans have been issued for Baker County in Florida and Brantley, Charlton and Ware Counties in Georgia.
The cost-to-date for Fire suppression and containment has reached a total (Correction) $46.1 Million.
We are using the following hashtags for this incident: #WestMimsFire #GAwildfires2017 #OkefenokeeNWR
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