Hurricane Michael Through The Eyes of the Undivided Attention of Social Media | 2

HURRICANE MICHAEL

Incident Summary

It has been one week and beyond since the expected Hurricane Michael event caused widespread damage and destruction of States such as Florida, Georgia and Alabama.  Most of the major devastation is on the Coast but some other smaller towns also were impacted severely.

Some of the significant events as noted via mainstream media and other sources:

  • Looting has become prevalent in certain areas
  • National Guard has been activated to assist with Law Enforcement
  • Infrastructure, such as communications is still spotty as hosts work to rebuild their major power grids that some are reporting as completely wiped out.
  • The Tyndall AFB suffered major devastation and airmen are busy rebuilding.

We can never really tell you what it is like in any of the hardest hit areas but we can paint of picture of what is happening and being done through eyewitness accounts and reporting.sources and post here. We would love it if you followed us on our own Social Media platforms:  @nwfireblog (Facebook and Twitter)


INCIDENT COOPERATORS

FDNY IMT

Construction is underway on “Harder’s Base Camp”. 1000 first responders and 750 National Guard members will occupy this camp upon completion. The camp will provide all basic necessities, such as lodging and food service, to all who reside there. (10/17/2018)

PA Task Force 1

As of 10/15/2018, the PATF1 searched over 900 structures in Calhoun County, Florida. Members also made critical repairs at a damaged hospital to enable it to continue serving residents.

Photo(s) Credit: PA Fire (Task Force 1)

USAF Specialized Tactics (USAF Spec Tactics)

They were one of many that arrived on Day 1 of the storm one hour after the storm wiped out most of the Tyndall AFB and cleared a lot of debris to enable humanitarian aid to arrive.  (10/14/2018)

Indiana Task Force 1

RELEASED from the incident. Safe back in their home state.

Gulf County Sheriff Office. (FL)

Palm Beach County Sheriff Office (FL)

U.S. Navy

Naval Air Station Pensacola opening Emergency Family Assistance Center to assist evacuated military personnel and their families from staying on or near installation.  https://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=107420&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_content=100000338880876&utm_campaign=Misc  (10/14/2018)

Photo Credit: US Navy

Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency

 Survivors in the 13 counties eligible for individual assistance can now start applying for assistance through FEMA by visiting or calling 1-800-621-3362. (10/18/2018) 

Crisp, Grady, Lee, Mitchell, Terrell, Thomas and Worth counties have been added to the major disaster declaration. Survivors in those counties are now eligible to apply for assistance by visiting or calling 1-800-621-3362. (10/17/2018)

Operations continued across the state today as GEMA/HS worked with local, state, federal, private sector and volunteer partners to get much-needed supplies & resources to those impacted.  Resources:   gema.ga.gov (10/14/2018)

Photo Credit: Georgia EMA

Georgia National Guard

Assistant Adjutant General of Georgia, Brigadier General, Randall V. Simmons, State Command Sergeant Major Shawn Lewis and Command Chief Master Sergeant Reginald McPherson work along side Georgia EMA to continue assessing damage in southwest Georgia. (10/16/2018)

Photo Credit: GANG

White House

Florida Senator Marco Rubio

The American President Donald Trump has approved every single request made to federal government by us  and Florida Governor Scott. Thank you for supporting Florida after the devastation caused by Hurricane Michael. And thank you to POTUS & FLOTUS for visiting yesterday to see it first hand. (10/16/2018)

Photo Credit: Florida Sen. Marco Rubio

US Air Force: Rebuilding of the Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida.

Miami Beach Police Department. 40-member team RELEASED and returned from Panama City humanitarian support effort. (10/18/2018)

Photo Credit: MBPD Chief Daniel Oates


HUMAN SERVICES

American Red Cross

Help provide food, shelter, relief supplies and other assistance to thousands of people dealing with the aftermath. (10/18/2018).  

If you or a loved one was affected by Hurricane Michael, here is helpful information about where to find meals, shelter and how to stay safe:  (10/15/2018)

Photo Credit: Red Cross

Compassion Fund

We’ve had so many Stakeholder’s homes destroyed by Hurricane Michael! Our Compassion Fund is accepting donations to help here thecompassionfund.org

Photo Credit: Angie McAllister, Director of Compassion Fund

Animal Rescue

The ASPCA is on the ground in the Florida Panhandle to help rescue and care for animals impacted by Hurricane Michael. Right now, 100% of your donation will go to our Field Investigations and Response Fund: aspca.org/FL

Photo Credit: ASPCA


INFRASTRUCTURE

State of Georgia

The work to rebuild in southwest Georgia has just begun, but we thank everyone for the work that has been accomplished so far. GEMA/HS and its partners will continue the efforts to restore the quality of life in these communities. Visit for more info. (10/18/2018)

City of Tallahassee (FL)

Damage at a Glance: 267 poles replaced, 214 transformers replaced, 27,474 feet of wire and 2,200 insulators. (10/18/2018)

Florida SERT

Homeowners that suffered structural or water damage from Hurricane Michael should shut their home’s main circuit breaker off until the damage has been inspected by an electrician or their utility company. Otherwise, there is a severe risk of fire when power is restored. (10/18/2018)

Sprint Emergency Response Team

Sprint’s Emergency Response Team working around the clock providing critical voice and data services to Bay Co. Sheriff’s Office, EOC, and their Co Data Center as well as to Sacred Heart Hospital in Port St. Joe.

Photo Credit: Spring ERT

First Net Authority

Working with State of Florida, public safety agencies without commercial service were identified & provided hundreds of FirstNet-enabled devices to help these First Responders carry out their important mission in response.   https://about.att.com/newsroom/2018/firstnet_hurricane_michael.html  (10/15/2018)

Cell Phones

Next Generation Drones used as temporary cell towers connecting victims for the first time. (Media/The Weather Channel. 10/18/2018)

Verizon

“Our network impacted by Hurricane Michael continues to improve, and we will not stop until 100% of our service is restored. We recognize how essential our service is & are giving 3 months free service to those impacted by the storm.”    vz.to/2Cl5Y9v

Photo Credit: Verizon

AT&T

“Thank you to our teams and the local community. We know the work isn’t over, and we won’t leave until it is.” (10/15/2018)


PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Private Property Clean-up

For those in need of cleanup on private property, contact Crisis Cleanup at 800-451-1954. (10/16/2018)

Burn Permits

Burn permits resume in all but 6 GA counties following . Permits issued in the remaining 11 counties effective as of 12pm today. Hand piled natural vegetation CAN be burned in the 6 counties with proper notification to GFC. ht.ly/pdNr30mgZie

Power Line Safety

ASL Video. 

Water Supply

GA Residents who have experienced water outages and/or low water pressures are advised to “boil” all water prior to use for drinking, cooking, or preparing baby food. The water should be boiled for at least one minute after reaching a rolling boil. (10/16/2018)

Photo Credit: GAEMA

Sanitize pans, dishes, utensils, or ANYTHING that touched flood water. Wash with soap, rinse, then w/ 1 TBSP bleach + 1 gallon water – soak 15 min go.usa.gov/xRhM5



COMMUNITY SUPPORT  – SURVIVOR RESOURCES

Target

To help take care of our team members & communities after Hurricane Michael, Target’s committed $1 million. Learn more here: tgt.biz/r6bkx

Food Stamp Assistance 

Georgia residents who receive food stamps now have additional time to report food lost due to power outages during Hurricane Michael. For more information, please visit ow.ly/webg30mhJxf

Food, Emergency Housing, Farmer and Rancher Assistance

The USDA will provide food, emergency housing as well as farmer and rancher assistance to individuals and small businesses affected by severe storms and flooding. For more information visit, ow.ly/EJ3l30mhYBZ (10/18/2018)

Pet Owners

For pet owners impacted by the storm, here are some resources available to you:

Airport Travel

PET FEES waived incoming/outgoing out of Pensacola and Panama City Beach airports.  (10/18/2018 via Pet Manage)


IMPACTS

Line-of-Duty-Death:  GC Fire Coordinator – Brad Price

Gulf County Fire Coordinator, Brad Price, 49, of Wewahitchka.  Killed when helping family members clear debris from the hurricane when a tree fell on his tractor. 

We are in the process of gleaning all resources from all sources across various platforms listed in Twitter and Facebook and entering them into a fluid spreadsheet for your review. This will be uploaded in the next 24 hours.

If you can support with financial or your volunteering support, please see the above web links. 

We thank you for reading our Blog.   May you all be safe wherever you may be in this world and remember, to Pass It Forward. – Ed.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – 10/18/2018

West Mims Fire Behavior Slowing | 15

WEST MIMS FIRE

The West Mims Fire is located approximately  2.5 miles northeast of the Eddy Fire Tower in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and 7 miles east of Fargo, Georgia.

The wildfire started on April 6, 2017 from lightning.

Update 14 – May 24, 2017

  • Slow fire operations day due to adverse weather (thunderstorms) causing firefighters to be pulled off the line.
  • 833 fire personnel
  • 152,748 acres destroyed
  • 60% containment status
  • Fire behavior is minimal and smoldering
  • Ground fire said to be in heavy fire fuels, dozer berms and logging debris piles.
  • Continued structural protection, patrol and mop-up operations in the next 12 hour operational period.
mopping up (extinguishing hotspots) a dozer berm

Photo Courtesy: Inciweb (mopping up hotspots)

# # #

Update 14 – May 15, 2017

  • 152,147 acres.
  • 18% containment status.
  • 944 personnel assigned.
  • Fire activity was quiet today.
  • Fuel moisture was high enough that little growth occurred.
  • Some areas still had smoldering and creeping in heavy fuels and dozer berms.
  • High potential for initial attach from recent lightning activity.
  • Expected 100% containment status on 11/1/2017.

# # #

Update 13 – May 12, 2017

  •  148,303 acres.
  • 16% containment status
  • 804 personnel assigned.
  • Fire behavior is very active, running, spotting and flanking.
  • There has been a strong push from the Southeast to the  Northeast across the interior of the swamp and South of Bugaboo Island, as well as other areas.
  • Unified Command:  The Southern Area Type 1 Red Incident Management Team is managing the fire with Georgia Forestry Commission, Greater Okefenokee Association of Landowners (GOAL), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Florida Forest Service, and U.S. Forest Service.
  •  As of 1812 Hours, mandatory evacuations for GA Bend, St. George, Canady Loop and Moniac area.

# # #

Update 12 – May 12, 2017

  • Conditions are hot and dry.
  •  The fire is most active on the West side of St. George, South of GA 94 and North of Rd. 8.  2 fingers of the wildfire on the SE perimeter have multiple spot fires.
  • Firefighters are currently holding and are working to improve containment lines.
  • Fire behavior is currently active, running, flanking and spotting.
  • An additional four bulldozers and operators, along with additional personnel have been hired, in case the wind shift to the West towards Fargo, Georgia.
  • Resources showing attached to this incident are:  Southern Area Type 1 IMT, GA Forestry Commission,  Greater Okefenokee Association of Landowners, USFWS, FLFS and the USFS.
  • About 700 firefighters from 36 States, including DC and Puerto Rico are said to be here helping.
  • 144,073 acres.
  • 15% containment status.
  • 500 structures threatened due to fire head SE towards Jacksonville.

# # #

Update 11 – May 6, 2017

  • 135,391 acres
  • Towns St. George, GA have been added to mandatory evacuation order list
  •  A temporary shelter has been established in the gymnasium of the Folkston Elementary School at 34754 Okefenokee Drive, Folkston, Georgia.
  • 12% containment status

# # #

Update 10 – May 5, 2017

  • 111,650 acres
  • 12% containment status
  • Fire in holding pattern
  • 492 personnel
  • 2 crews. 50 engines. 6 helicopters. 6 bulldozers. 38 tractor plows. 2 – 20 person Hot Shots.
  • TFR in effect including unmanned aircraft and drones.
  • $12.4 Million for fire suppression costs to date.

# # #

Update 9 – May 4, 2017

  • 111,650 acres.
  • 12% containment status.
  • 503 personnel
  • Fire behavior is active with spotting, flanking and backing.
  • Firefighters will continue putting out spot fires, monitor and patrol for any fire starts.

# # #

Updates 4-8 – April 29, 2017 – May 2, 2017

  • Located 16 miles SE of Fargo, GA
  • 100,517 acres
  • 18% containment status
  • Working against NW winds and 19% RH level.
  • Back firing ops to continue.
  • 466 personnel
  • Assigned equipment/resources:  53 engines, 5 bulldozers, 34 tractor  plows and 2 Interagency Hot Shots.

# # #

Update 3 – April 28, 2017

  • 86,868 acres.
  • 8% contained.
  • Unified 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.
  • 488 personnel
  • Resources/Equipment:  6 helicopters, 56 engines, 6 bulldozers, 35 tractor plows, 2 Interagency Hotshot crews and various overhead personnel.
  • Strategic firing operations in effect, while addressing windy conditions.

# # #

Update 2 – April 17, 2017

  • 265 personnel
  • 21,308 acres destroyed
  • 3% contained
  • Timber (grass/understory) fire fuels
  • Equipment on site:  Tree cutter (private contractor), 1 FWS Masticator, 1 FWS Maintainer-FWS, 12 FWS Hydrotracs
  • Resources:  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.
  • The fire behavior is currently active, running and has short-range spotting.

# # #

Update 1 – April 10, 2017

  • 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.
  • New Fire.
  • Resources en route.

Fire Images Courtesy of Inciweb

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog

West Mims Fire Activity Quiet | 14

WEST MIMS FIRE

The West Mims Fire is located approximately  2.5 miles northeast of the Eddy Fire Tower in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and 7 miles east of Fargo, Georgia.

The wildfire started on April 6, 2017 from lightning.

# # #

Update 14 – May 15, 2017

A long helicopter, the blades stopped in motion by the camera, is dragging a red rubberized bucket of water to be dropped on the West Mims Fire.

  • 152,147 acres.
  • 18% containment status.
  • 944 personnel assigned.
  • Fire activity was quiet today.
  • Fuel moisture was high enough that little growth occurred.
  • Some areas still had smoldering and creeping in heavy fuels and dozer berms.
  • High potential for initial attach from recent lightning activity.
  • Expected 100% containment status on 11/1/2017.

# # #

Update 13 – May 12, 2017

  •  148,303 acres.
  • 16% containment status
  • 804 personnel assigned.
  • Fire behavior is very active, running, spotting and flanking.
  • There has been a strong push from the Southeast to the  Northeast across the interior of the swamp and South of Bugaboo Island, as well as other areas.
  • Unified Command:  The Southern Area Type 1 Red Incident Management Team is managing the fire with Georgia Forestry Commission, Greater Okefenokee Association of Landowners (GOAL), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Florida Forest Service, and U.S. Forest Service.
  •  As of 1812 Hours, mandatory evacuations for GA Bend, St. George, Canady Loop and Moniac area.

# # #

Update 12 – May 12, 2017

  • Conditions are hot and dry.
  •  The fire is most active on the West side of St. George, South of GA 94 and North of Rd. 8.  2 fingers of the wildfire on the SE perimeter have multiple spot fires.
  • Firefighters are currently holding and are working to improve containment lines.
  • Fire behavior is currently active, running, flanking and spotting.
  • An additional four bulldozers and operators, along with additional personnel have been hired, in case the wind shift to the West towards Fargo, Georgia.
  • Resources showing attached to this incident are:  Southern Area Type 1 IMT, GA Forestry Commission,  Greater Okefenokee Association of Landowners, USFWS, FLFS and the USFS.
  • About 700 firefighters from 36 States, including DC and Puerto Rico are said to be here helping.
  • 144,073 acres.
  • 15% containment status.
  • 500 structures threatened due to fire head SE towards Jacksonville.

# # #

Update 11 – May 6, 2017

  • 135,391 acres
  • Towns St. George, GA have been added to mandatory evacuation order list
  •  A temporary shelter has been established in the gymnasium of the Folkston Elementary School at 34754 Okefenokee Drive, Folkston, Georgia.
  • 12% containment status

# # #

Update 10 – May 5, 2017

  • 111,650 acres
  • 12% containment status
  • Fire in holding pattern
  • 492 personnel
  • 2 crews. 50 engines. 6 helicopters. 6 bulldozers. 38 tractor plows. 2 – 20 person Hot Shots.
  • TFR in effect including unmanned aircraft and drones.
  • $12.4 Million for fire suppression costs to date.

# # #

Update 9 – May 4, 2017

  • 111,650 acres.
  • 12% containment status.
  • 503 personnel
  • Fire behavior is active with spotting, flanking and backing.
  • Firefighters will continue putting out spot fires, monitor and patrol for any fire starts.

# # #

Updates 4-8 – April 29, 2017 – May 2, 2017

  • Located 16 miles SE of Fargo, GA
  • 100,517 acres
  • 18% containment status
  • Working against NW winds and 19% RH level.
  • Back firing ops to continue.
  • 466 personnel
  • Assigned equipment/resources:  53 engines, 5 bulldozers, 34 tractor  plows and 2 Interagency Hot Shots.

# # #

Update 3 – April 28, 2017

  • 86,868 acres.
  • 8% contained.
  • Unified 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.
  • 488 personnel
  • Resources/Equipment:  6 helicopters, 56 engines, 6 bulldozers, 35 tractor plows, 2 Interagency Hotshot crews and various overhead personnel.
  • Strategic firing operations in effect, while addressing windy conditions.

# # #

Update 2 – April 17, 2017

  • 265 personnel
  • 21,308 acres destroyed
  • 3% contained
  • Timber (grass/understory) fire fuels
  • Equipment on site:  Tree cutter (private contractor), 1 FWS Masticator, 1 FWS Maintainer-FWS, 12 FWS Hydrotracs
  • Resources:  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.
  • The fire behavior is currently active, running and has short-range spotting.

# # #

Update 1 – April 10, 2017

  • 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.
  • New Fire.
  • Resources en route.

Fire Images Courtesy of Inciweb

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog

West Mims Fire Pushes Across Interior | 13

WEST MIMS FIRE

The West Mims Fire is located approximately  2.5 miles northeast of the Eddy Fire Tower in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and 7 miles east of Fargo, Georgia.

The wildfire started on April 6, 2017 from lightning.

A stunning image captured along the fire line in Division Zulu on the evening of May 9, 2017.

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Update 13 – May 12, 2017

  •  148,303 acres.
  • 16% containment status
  • Fire behavior is very active, running, spotting and flanking.
  • There has been a strong push from the Southeast to the  Northeast across the interior of the swamp and South of Bugaboo Island, as well as other areas.
  • 804 personnel assigned.
  • Unified Command:  The Southern Area Type 1 Red Incident Management Team is managing the fire with Georgia Forestry Commission, Greater Okefenokee Association of Landowners (GOAL), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Florida Forest Service, and U.S. Forest Service.
  •  As of 1812 Hours, mandatory evacuations for GA Bend, St. George, Canady Loop and Moniac area.

# # #

Update 12 – May 12, 2017

  • Conditions are hot and dry.
  •  The fire is most active on the West side of St. George, South of GA 94 and North of Rd. 8.  2 fingers of the wildfire on the SE perimeter have multiple spot fires.
  • Firefighters are currently holding and are working to improve containment lines.
  • Fire behavior is currently active, running, flanking and spotting.
  • An additional four bulldozers and operators, along with additional personnel have been hired, in case the wind shift to the West towards Fargo, Georgia.
  • Resources showing attached to this incident are:  Southern Area Type 1 IMT, GA Forestry Commission,  Greater Okefenokee Association of Landowners, USFWS, FLFS and the USFS.
  • About 700 firefighters from 36 States, including DC and Puerto Rico are said to be here helping.
  • 144,073 acres.
  • 15% containment status.
  • 500 structures threatened due to fire head SE towards Jacksonville.

# # #

Update 11 – May 6, 2017

  • 135,391 acres
  • Towns St. George, GA have been added to mandatory evacuation order list
  •  A temporary shelter has been established in the gymnasium of the Folkston Elementary School at 34754 Okefenokee Drive, Folkston, Georgia.
  • 12% containment status

# # #

Update 10 – May 5, 2017

  • 111,650 acres
  • 12% containment status
  • Fire in holding pattern
  • 492 personnel
  • 2 crews. 50 engines. 6 helicopters. 6 bulldozers. 38 tractor plows. 2 – 20 person Hot Shots.
  • TFR in effect including unmanned aircraft and drones.
  • $12.4 Million for fire suppression costs to date.

# # #

Update 9 – May 4, 2017

  • 111,650 acres.
  • 12% containment status.
  • 503 personnel
  • Fire behavior is active with spotting, flanking and backing.
  • Firefighters will continue putting out spot fires, monitor and patrol for any fire starts.

# # #

Updates 4-8 – April 29, 2017 – May 2, 2017

  • Located 16 miles SE of Fargo, GA
  • 100,517 acres
  • 18% containment status
  • Working against NW winds and 19% RH level.
  • Back firing ops to continue.
  • 466 personnel
  • Assigned equipment/resources:  53 engines, 5 bulldozers, 34 tractor  plows and 2 Interagency Hot Shots.

# # #

Update 3 – April 28, 2017

  • 86,868 acres.
  • 8% contained.
  • Unified 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.
  • 488 personnel
  • Resources/Equipment:  6 helicopters, 56 engines, 6 bulldozers, 35 tractor plows, 2 Interagency Hotshot crews and various overhead personnel.
  • Strategic firing operations in effect, while addressing windy conditions.

# # #

Update 2 – April 17, 2017

  • 265 personnel
  • 21,308 acres destroyed
  • 3% contained
  • Timber (grass/understory) fire fuels
  • Equipment on site:  Tree cutter (private contractor), 1 FWS Masticator, 1 FWS Maintainer-FWS, 12 FWS Hydrotracs
  • Resources:  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.
  • The fire behavior is currently active, running and has short-range spotting.

# # #

Update 1 – April 10, 2017

  • 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.
  • New Fire.
  • Resources en route.

Fire Images Courtesy of Inciweb

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog

West Mims Fire Behavior Increases | GA | 12

UPDATE 12 – MAY 11, 2017 – (THURSDAY) – 1930 HOURS PDT

Weather | Conditions are hot and dry.

Cause | The cause was due to lightning that hitting the area.

Location | The fire is about 2.5 miles NE of the Eddy Fire Tower on the Okefenokee Wildlife Refuge in Georgia.

A dark plume of smoke and flames burning near a dirt road on the West Mims Fire

Fire Conditions | The fire is most active on the West side of St. George, South of GA 94 and North of Rd. 8.  2 fingers of the wildfire on the SE perimeter have multiple spot fires.  Firefighters are currently holding and are working to improve containment lines.

Fire behavior is currently active, running, flanking and spotting.

Resources | An additional four bulldozers and operators, along with additional personnel have been hired, in case the wind shift to the West towards Fargo, Georgia.  Resources showing attached to this incident are:  Southern Area Type 1 IMT, GA Forestry Commission,  Greater Okefenokee Association of Landowners, USFWS, FLFS and the USFS.

About 700 firefighters from 36 States, including DC and Puerto Rico are said to be here helping.

Acreage | 144,073

Containment Status | 15%.

Threats | About 500 structures were threatened as the fire was said to be headed SE towards Jacksonville.

# # #

UPDATE 11 – MAY 6, 2017 – (SATURDAY) – 2330 HOURS PDT

Acres | 135,391 acres.

Evacuations | Entire town of St. George, Georgia has been added to the mandatory evacuation order.

Hwy 94 closed both ways from 121/94 in St. George west to Lacy's Store 2 p,m, 5-06-217

Closure at Hwy 121 Road at Hwy 94 and 185

Shelter | A temporary shelter has been established in the gymnasium of the Folkston Elementary School at 34754 Okefenokee Drive, Folkston, Georgia.

Containment Status | Though the fire remains at 12% containment status, the acreage continues to increase as firefighters work against time and weather conditions.

Donations | The folks managing the wildfire are getting lots of donation offers and there have been some suggestions on how You can help them.

NOTE:  Generally, Firefighters are trained to be self-sufficient when going out into the field and their support base camp is fully stocked with food, water and all of the necessary gear.  This one reason why they do not accept these types of donation offers.  Also, they are not geared to accept monetary donations either.  However, they recommend you donate to supporting organizations.

—>  Donate to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation.  This organization many firefighters and their families.  They are always looking for funding sources to help as many people as they can.  To learn more about their tireless efforts, you can visit them on their Facebook page at —-> https://www.facebook.com/WFFoundation/

—>  Donate to a Local Food Bank.  Due to this being a large wildfire, many were evacuated and may need assistance. Contact the Local Food Bank in the area to see how you can make a food or other type of donation.  They will be forever grateful.

—>  Support your Local Fire Department.  Many Fire Departments have firefighters from area Agencies.  You can contact those who may be in the area to see how you can support them and their fire personnel, i.e. funding, donations, etc.

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UPDATE 10 – MAY 5, 2017 – (FRIDAY) – 1900 HOURS PDT

A large smoke plume dominates the frame colored with pink, and gray highlights from the smoke-filtered setting sun

Acreage | 111,650 acres with 12% containment status.  In a holding pattern.

Personnel | 492 personnel.

Resources | 2 crews. 50 engines. 6 helicopters. 6 bulldozers. 38 tractor plows. 2 – 20 person Hot Shots.

ALERT! | Temporary Flight Restriction or TFR.  This also includes unmanned aircraft or Drones.

Cost-To-Date | $12.4 Million in fire suppression costs.

# # #

UPDATE 9 – MAY 4, 2017 (THURSDAY) – 2100 HOURS PDT

Acreage | 111,650 acres burned. 12% containment status.

Personnel | 503 personnel are still attached to this fire incident.

Current Fire Conditions | The West Mimm Fire Fire behavior is active with spotting, flanking and backing.

A cloud looking like a head of cauliflower rises above a generally gray-brown indistinct smoke layer. It resembles a thunderhead and indicates udrafts occurring due to extremely active fire behavior

Fire Weather | Tomorrow’s high is predicted to be 78 with minimum relative humidity of 30 percent and winds from the west at 15 mph.  Some rain is expected to hit the area.

Fire Activities | Firefighters have been busy putting out spot fires.  Crews will continue to monitor and patrol for any fire starts.

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UPDATES 4-8 – APRIL 29, 2017 (SATURDAY) – MAY 2, 2017 (TUESDAY) – 2015 HOURS PDT

Location |  16 miles SE of Fargo.

Back firing operations.

Acreage | Fire has now destroyed 100,517 acres and fire crews have managed to keep it at a steady 18% containment status.

Current Conditions | Firefighters have been working against persistent NW winds and a 19% RH level. Back firing will continue.

Resources | 466 personnel are still assigned along with 53 wildlife fire engines, 5 bulldozers, 34 tractor plows and 2 Interagency Hot Shots.

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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 dozers, 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.

aerial view of the fire - April 11

Courtesy: Inciweb

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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Courtesy: Inciweb

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.

aerial image of West Mims fire, April 8th, 2017

Aerial view on April 8, 2017. (Photo Courtesy: Inciweb)

Fire Conditions | Active Fire behavior.

Resources | Resources are en route to the fire.

Fire Images Courtesy of Inciweb

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog

West Mims Fire Still Scorching | Update 11

UPDATE 11 – MAY 6, 2017 – (SATURDAY) – 2330 HOURS PDT

Acres | 135,391 acres.

Evacuations | Entire town of St. George, Georgia has been added to the mandatory evacuation order.

Hwy 94 closed both ways from 121/94 in St. George west to Lacy's Store 2 p,m, 5-06-217

Closure at Hwy 121 Road at Hwy 94 and 185

Shelter | A temporary shelter has been established in the gymnasium of the Folkston Elementary School at 34754 Okefenokee Drive, Folkston, Georgia.

Containment Status | Though the fire remains at 12% containment status, the acreage continues to increase as firefighters work against time and weather conditions.

Donations | The folks managing the wildfire are getting lots of donation offers and there have been some suggestions on how You can help them.

NOTE:  Generally, Firefighters are trained to be self-sufficient when going out into the field and their support base camp is fully stocked with food, water and all of the necessary gear.  This one reason why they do not accept these types of donation offers.  Also, they are not geared to accept monetary donations either.  However, they recommend you donate to supporting organizations.

—>  Donate to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation.  This organization many firefighters and their families.  They are always looking for funding sources to help as many people as they can.  To learn more about their tireless efforts, you can visit them on their Facebook page at —-> https://www.facebook.com/WFFoundation/

—>  Donate to a Local Food Bank.  Due to this being a large wildfire, many were evacuated and may need assistance. Contact the Local Food Bank in the area to see how you can make a food or other type of donation.  They will be forever grateful.

—>  Support your Local Fire Department.  Many Fire Departments have firefighters from area Agencies.  You can contact those who may be in the area to see how you can support them and their fire personnel, i.e. funding, donations, etc.

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UPDATE 10 – MAY 5, 2017 – (FRIDAY) – 1900 HOURS PDT

A large smoke plume dominates the frame colored with pink, and gray highlights from the smoke-filtered setting sun

Acreage | 111,650 acres with 12% containment status.  In a holding pattern.

Personnel | 492 personnel.

Resources | 2 crews. 50 engines. 6 helicopters. 6 bulldozers. 38 tractor plows. 2 – 20 person Hot Shots.

ALERT! | Temporary Flight Restriction or TFR.  This also includes unmanned aircraft or Drones.

Cost-To-Date | $12.4 Million in fire suppression costs.

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UPDATE 9 – MAY 4, 2017 (THURSDAY) – 2100 HOURS PDT

Acreage | 111,650 acres burned. 12% containment status.

Personnel | 503 personnel are still attached to this fire incident.

Current Fire Conditions | The West Mimm Fire Fire behavior is active with spotting, flanking and backing.

A cloud looking like a head of cauliflower rises above a generally gray-brown indistinct smoke layer. It resembles a thunderhead and indicates udrafts occurring due to extremely active fire behavior

Fire Weather | Tomorrow’s high is predicted to be 78 with minimum relative humidity of 30 percent and winds from the west at 15 mph.  Some rain is expected to hit the area.

Fire Activities | Firefighters have been busy putting out spot fires.  Crews will continue to monitor and patrol for any fire starts.

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UPDATES 4-8 – APRIL 29, 2017 (SATURDAY) – MAY 2, 2017 (TUESDAY) – 2015 HOURS PDT

Location |  16 miles SE of Fargo.

Back firing operations.

Acreage | Fire has now destroyed 100,517 acres and fire crews have managed to keep it at a steady 18% containment status.

Current Conditions | Firefighters have been working against persistent NW winds and a 19% RH level. Back firing will continue.

Resources | 466 personnel are still assigned along with 53 wildlife fire engines, 5 bulldozers, 34 tractor plows and 2 Interagency Hot Shots.

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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 dozers, 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.

aerial view of the fire - April 11

Courtesy: Inciweb

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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Courtesy: Inciweb

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.

aerial image of West Mims fire, April 8th, 2017

Aerial view on April 8, 2017. (Photo Courtesy: Inciweb)

Fire Conditions | Active Fire behavior.

Resources | Resources are en route to the fire.

Fire Images Courtesy of Inciweb

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog

West Mims Wildfire in Holding Pattern | Update 10

UPDATE 10 – MAY 5, 2017 – (FRIDAY) – 1900 HOURS PDT

A large smoke plume dominates the frame colored with pink, and gray highlights from the smoke-filtered setting sun

Acreage | 111,650 acres with 12% containment status.  In a holding pattern.

Personnel | 492 personnel.

Resources | 2 crews. 50 engines. 6 helicopters. 6 bulldozers. 38 tractor plows. 2 – 20 person Hot Shots.

ALERT! | Temporary Flight Restriction or TFR.  This also includes unmanned aircraft or Drones.

Cost-To-Date | $12.4 Million in fire suppression costs.

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UPDATE 9 – MAY 4, 2017 (THURSDAY) – 2100 HOURS PDT

Acreage | 111,650 acres burned. 12% containment status.

Personnel | 503 personnel are still attached to this fire incident.

Current Fire Conditions | The West Mimm Fire Fire behavior is active with spotting, flanking and backing.

A cloud looking like a head of cauliflower rises above a generally gray-brown indistinct smoke layer. It resembles a thunderhead and indicates udrafts occurring due to extremely active fire behavior

Fire Weather | Tomorrow’s high is predicted to be 78 with minimum relative humidity of 30 percent and winds from the west at 15 mph.  Some rain is expected to hit the area.

Fire Activities | Firefighters have been busy putting out spot fires.  Crews will continue to monitor and patrol for any fire starts.

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UPDATES 4-8 – APRIL 29, 2017 (SATURDAY) – MAY 2, 2017 (TUESDAY) – 2015 HOURS PDT

Location |  16 miles SE of Fargo.

Back firing operations.

Acreage | Fire has now destroyed 100,517 acres and fire crews have managed to keep it at a steady 18% containment status.

Current Conditions | Firefighters have been working against persistent NW winds and a 19% RH level. Back firing will continue.

Resources | 466 personnel are still assigned along with 53 wildlife fire engines, 5 bulldozers, 34 tractor plows and 2 Interagency Hot Shots.

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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 dozers, 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.

aerial view of the fire - April 11

Courtesy: Inciweb

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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Courtesy: Inciweb

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.

aerial image of West Mims fire, April 8th, 2017

Aerial view on April 8, 2017. (Photo Courtesy: Inciweb)

Fire Conditions | Active Fire behavior.

Resources | Resources are en route to the fire.

Fire Images Courtesy of Inciweb

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog

West Mims Wildfire | Update 9

UPDATE 9 – MAY 4, 2017 (THURSDAY) – 2100 HOURS PDT

Acreage | 111,650 acres burned. 12% containment status.

Personnel | 503 personnel are still attached to this fire incident.

Current Fire Conditions | The West Mimm Fire Fire behavior is active with spotting, flanking and backing.

A cloud looking like a head of cauliflower rises above a generally gray-brown indistinct smoke layer. It resembles a thunderhead and indicates udrafts occurring due to extremely active fire behavior

Fire Weather | Tomorrow’s high is predicted to be 78 with minimum relative humidity of 30 percent and winds from the west at 15 mph.  Some rain is expected to hit the area.

Fire Activities | Firefighters have been busy putting out spot fires.  Crews will continue to monitor and patrol for any fire starts.

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UPDATES 4-8 – APRIL 29, 2017 (SATURDAY) – MAY 2, 2017 (TUESDAY) – 2015 HOURS PDT

Location |  16 miles SE of Fargo.

Back firing operations.

Acreage | Fire has now destroyed 100,517 acres and fire crews have managed to keep it at a steady 18% containment status.

Current Conditions | Firefighters have been working against persistent NW winds and a 19% RH level. Back firing will continue.

Resources | 466 personnel are still assigned along with 53 wildlife fire engines, 5 bulldozers, 34 tractor plows and 2 Interagency Hot Shots.

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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 dozers, 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.

aerial view of the fire - April 11

Courtesy: Inciweb

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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Courtesy: Inciweb

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.

aerial image of West Mims fire, April 8th, 2017

Aerial view on April 8, 2017. (Photo Courtesy: Inciweb)

Fire Conditions | Active Fire behavior.

Resources | Resources are en route to the fire.

Fire Images Courtesy of Inciweb

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog

West Mims Wildfire | Updates 4-8

UPDATES 4-8 – APRIL 29, 2017 (SATURDAY) – MAY 2, 2017 (TUESDAY) – 2015 HOURS PDT

Location |  16 miles SE of Fargo.

Back firing operations.

Acreage | Fire has now destroyed 100,517 acres and fire crews have managed to keep it at a steady 18% containment status.

Current Conditions | Firefighters have been working against persistent NW winds and a 19% RH level. Back firing will continue.

Resources | 466 personnel are still assigned along with 53 wildlife fire engines, 5 bulldozers, 34 tractor plows and 2 Interagency Hot Shots.

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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 dozers, 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.

aerial view of the fire - April 11

Courtesy: Inciweb

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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Courtesy: Inciweb

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.

aerial image of West Mims fire, April 8th, 2017

Aerial view on April 8, 2017. (Photo Courtesy: Inciweb)

Fire Conditions | Active Fire behavior.

Resources | Resources are en route to the fire.

Fire Images Courtesy of Inciweb

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog

#WestMims Fire Intensifies | 5

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.

Taken on April 25, 2017. Photo Courtesy: Inciweb

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.

Sometimes retardant is dropped to cooll the head of a rapidly moving fire.

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.

aerial view of the fire - April 11

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.

aerial image of West Mims fire, April 8th, 2017

Aerial view on April 8, 2017. (Photo Courtesy: Inciweb)

Fire Conditions | Active Fire behavior.

Resources | Resources are en route to the fire.

Fire Images Courtesy of Inciweb

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog