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West Mims Evening Update - April 25, 2017
West Mims Fire Evening Update Tuesday April 25, 2017 FAST FACTS: The West Mims Fire is currently 59,318 acres and 8% contained. 472 personnel are assigned to this incident. Equipment resources... more

INCIDENT UPDATED 10 HRS. AGO

Approximate Location

30.574 latitude, -82.323 longitude

Incident Overview

This is a map of the West Mims Fire perimeter from April 25, 2017.

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The lightning-caused fire was reported on April 6, 2017, approximately 2.5 miles northeast of the Eddy Fire Tower in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. 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.

Driving restrictions:
· FL2/GA94 from the agricultural check station at the GA/FL line to U.S. 441 in Fargo will close nightly at 10:00 p.m. and reopen based on visibility each morning.
· Temporary road closures will occur as needed due to smoke or equipment

Closures within the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge:

The Wilderness Canoe Trail overnight stops, Chesser Island Boardwalk, Chesser Island Homestead, Stephen C. Foster State Park, Suwannee River Sill and the Pocket.

Burn Bans are in place for the following areas: Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and Baker County, FL

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning/natural
Date of OriginThursday April 06th, 2017 approx. 05:00 PM
Location7 miles east of Fargo Georgia (Okefenokee NWR)
Incident CommanderKline GFC/Davis FFS/Wood FWS/Ingram (t) GFC

Current Situation

Total Personnel472
Size59,318 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained8%
Estimated Containment DateWednesday November 01st, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Grass and Understory) Southern Rough

Fuel models 2, 4, 9, 12, 13

Significant Events

Active

Flanking

Moderate fire behavior today with north and southeast corners of the fire progressing to the east/southeast. Fire is flanking towards Moonshine Ridge and Soldier Camp Island and will likely be there by end of shift. The north end of the fire continues to burn east along the south edge of Honey Island.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Indirect line construction where possible, utilizing tactical firing operations to secure upland land holdings.

Mop up control lines and support prep work near private property.

Continue to implement structure protection around communities and structures at risk, including Council, Fargo, Stephen Foster, Chester Island Homestead, and Okefenokee Refuge structures.

Utilize aircraft as needed to contain fire within the Refuge.

Continue to strengthen control lines outside the Refuge boundary on commercial timberland (these areas are fairly inaccessible to heavy equipment, causing progress to proceed slowly).

Monitor fire activity, check for spots outside control line. Take appropriate action to contain.

Recon potential control lines and examine area for hazards and identify mitigations.

Continuation of structure protection mitigation measures in Stephen C. Foster State Park (including historic structures and the boardwalk) and with historic structures in Okefenokee Refuge.

Establish a base camp at Okefenokee Wildlife Refuge headquarters in order to support Branch III.

Monitor for reburn potential and take appropriate action to contain reburn.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Expect fire behavior to decrease about dark, with little growth thereafter.

24 hours: Winds shift and once again fire will change its direction of growth. South and southwest winds will begin pushing the fire to the north again. Moderate growth is projected. On the north end fire is expected to establish itself well onto Billy's Island. On the southeast the two fire heads on the north side of Mitchell Island and Soldiers Island will progress to the north/northeast approximately a mile.

48 hours: Winds continue to push the fire to the north. Fire could be as far north as Jones Island by end of shift and on the southeast corner fire could be pushing onto Chesser Island.

72 hours: Friday is extremely hot and dry with a north wind. Weather conditions would allow for substantial fire growth, but the fire will most likely be pushed into much wetter fuels by this time and moderate fire behavior significantly.

Anticipated after 72 hours: Weather pattern starts changing over the weekend and could be setting up for another large fire growth pattern on Monday.

Remarks

Other equipment not included in the resource summary: Brown Tree cutter-PVT-1, Masticator-PVT-1, Maintainer-FWS-2, Maintaner-PVT-1, Excavator-PVT-2, Hydrotrac-FWS-1.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

High pressure built into the region today with warming and drying conditions. Temperatures climbed into the mid 80s with afternoon RHs dropping to the mid 30s. Westerly winds were sustained around 8 mph with stronger gusts in the upper teens and these winds transported smoke into the Jacksonville area. High pressure over the region Wednesday is expected to produce hot temperatures around 90 degrees with very dry RHs in the lower 30 percent range. Moderate winds are expected to continue to back (shifting counter clockwise) southwest to southerly through the day.

Unit Information

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Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge
Fish and Wildlife Service
Georgia
Folkston, GA 31537
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