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Whitney Fire

Unit Information

Cumberland Island National Seashore
National Park Service
101 Wheeler St
St Marys, GA 31558

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The Whitney Fire was ignited by a lightning strike the early morning of June 29th in Cumberland Island's wilderness area, on the north end of the island.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSaturday June 29th, 2019 approx. 05:15 PM
Location15 miles NE of St. Marys, GA
Incident CommanderMitchell Ketron ICT3
Coordinates30.904 latitude, -81.437 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel58
Size418 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained85%
Estimated Containment DateSaturday July 13th, 2019 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Southern Rough

Significant Events

Fire behavior is minimal with smoldering stumps and logs smoking.


Planned Actions

Fire crews will continue to monitor the fire's behavior and initiate point protection where appropriate. Today, crews were brushing and snagging to improve safety along trails and roads. Fire Crews continue to monitor stumps and logs that are smoking. Structure protection and fuel breaks are in place near the Settlement Area and private land. The smoldering stumps and logs south of North Cut Road and within the Cumberland Wilderness Area.

Projected Incident Activity

Primarily to the west with daily sea breezes.


The Southern Area Gray Team assumed command of the fire at 0800 on July 3rd.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Continued hot and humid conditions are expected to continue over the next several days. Afternoon thunderstorms are predicted throughout the week.