#WestMimsFire Continues to Burn | GA | 20

OKEFENOKEE NWR, GEORGIA

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Ignition Date/Time/Cause

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

Location

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.

RESOURCES

Fire Personnel + Equipment

There are 349 personnel assigned to this incident along with 1 crew, 24 engines and 3 helicopters.

FIRE STATUS

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. No changes.

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.

Alerts/Notices

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.

Cost-To-Date

The cost-to-date for Fire suppression and containment has reached a total of $46.7 Million.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags

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

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(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1920 Hours PDT

#WestMimsFire Continues to Burn | GA | 19

OKEFENOKEE NWR, GEORGIA

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Ignition Date/Time/Cause

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

Location

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.

RESOURCES

Fire Personnel + Equipment

There are 394 personnel along with one crew, 32 engines and 5 helicopters.

FIRE STATUS

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.

Alerts/Notices

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.

Cost-To-Date

The cost-to-date for Fire suppression and containment has reached a total  (Correction)  $46.1 Million.  

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags

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

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(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1920 Hours PDT

#WestMimsFire | GA | 18

OKEFENOKEE NWR, GEORGIA

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Ignition Date/Time/Cause

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

Location

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.

RESOURCES

Command Staff

Command is Southern States Type 1 IMT and Atlanta based NIMO (National Incident Management Organization)  in cooperation with GA Forestry Commission, US Fish and Wildlife Service, GOAL (Greater Okefenokee Assoc of Landowners), USFS and FL Forestry.

Fire Personnel + Equipment

There are 489 total personnel along with 6 helicopters, 1 fixed wing Aircraft, 1 MMAS aircraft, 48 wildland fire engines, 38 bulldozers and 1 hand crew.

FIRE STATUS

Fire Behavior

There is minimal fire behavior with creeping and smoldering.  Rain fell over the area on Saturday, June 3, 2017.

Fire strikes occurred on W side of Okefenokee Swamp, SE of Antioch Church Rd, FFs to hike in and check.

NW side suppression repair advanced 2 mi along W side of Hwy 177 near Stephen C Foster State Park.

South side of fire near Blitch Road, sprinklers have now turned off.

Fire Tactics/Future Operational Period

Engine crews/heavy-equipment operators to return to salvage logging sites in S and SE portion of fire to resume burying or tearing down/mopping up at at rate of 40-80 per day smoldering slash piles.

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 December 1, 2017.

Alerts/Notices

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.

Cost-To-Date

The cost-to-date for Fire suppression and containment has reached a total of $445.2 Million.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags

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

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(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1345 Hours PDT

#WestMimsFire | GA | 17

OKEFENOKEE NWR, GEORGIA

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Ignition Date/Time/Cause

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

Location

The wildfire is located 16 miles East of Fargo, Georgia burning in the Okefenokee National Wildfire Refuge.

RESOURCES

Command Staffing

Command is currently in Unified Command with FL IMT 1 and NIMO.

Fire Personnel + Equipment

There are 508 personnel assigned to this incident along with 1 crew, 51 engines, 5 helicopters.

FIRE STATUS

Fire Behavior

There is minimal fire behavior with creeping and smoldering.

Damage Assessment – Acres + Containment Status

152,515 acres of Southern Rough and timber have been burned but a 65% containment status has been achieved.

Damage Assessment – Threats + Destruction

Several structures are still being threatened.  4 structures have been lost.

Estimated Containment Status

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

Cost-To-Date

The cost-to-date for Fire suppression and containment has reached a total of $45.1 Million.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags

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

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(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1800 Hours PDT

#WestMimsFire | GA | 16

OKEFENOKEE NWR, GEORGIA

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Ignition Date/Time/Cause

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

Location

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

Resources

There are about 508 fire personnel assigned to this incident.

Map showing hot areas on the West Mims Fire

FIRE CONDITIONS

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.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags

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

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We can also be located on Twitter @nwfireblog and Facebook.

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1800 Hours PDT