Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge
Fish and Wildlife Service
Folkston, GA 31537
FAST FACTS: The West Mims Fire is currently 18,551 acres and 3% contained. 184 personnel are assigned to this incident. Equipment resources include 1 helicopter, seventeen engines, 5 dozers, twenty-seven tractor plows and 1 hot shot crew.
Current fire situation: The lightning-caused fire was reported on April 6, 2017, approximately 2.5 miles northeast of Eddy Tower and is currently located within the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, John M. Bethea State Forest, and Osceola National Forest. A Georgia Forestry Commission Type 2 Incident Management Team is managing the fire.
Planned action: Crews are continuing to reinforce and widen containment lines on the western side of the fire perimeter and along swamp edge break. Fire crews and cooperators are staged with heavy equipment to use full suppression tactics on private property to contain the fire if spots occur across the containment lines.
Fire weather: Easterly winds are not expected to be as strong as the last few days, but may become briefly gusty as the afternoon sea breeze moves over the area. There is the potential for fog to develop after midnight tonight.
Restrictions and closures: FL2/GA94 from the agricultural check station at the GA/FL line to U.S. 441 in Fargo is closed due to smoke impacts and fire operations. The Wilderness Canoe Trail overnight stops within the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge are closed beginning Monday, April 17. Day-use canoeists and guided boat tours will still be able to access the trails. A burn ban is in place within the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, including Stephen C. Foster State Park. The ban includes fires at designated campsites and charcoal grills.