Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge
Fish and Wildlife Service
Folkston, GA 31537
West Mims Fire Evening Update
Thursday April 20, 2017
FAST FACTS: The West Mims Fire is currently 25,464 acres and 3% contained. 385 personnel are assigned to this incident. Equipment resources include 6 helicopters, thirty six wildland fire engines, 8 dozers, forty three tractor plows, 2 interagency hot shot crews and 1 initial attack crew and various overhead and support positions. 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.
Community Meetings: Community meetings will be held in Charlton County this weekend for residents and visitors to receive an update on the West Mims Fire. A meeting will be at 6:30 P.M. on Friday, April 21 at the St. George Elementary School Auditorium and a meeting at the Charlton County Annex Auditorium in Folkston will be at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 22.
Summary: Today there was minimal fire activity with some reburn occurring from down needlecast. The containment line around Cypress Creek continues to be monitored and is currently holding. A relatively quiet day allowed crews to continue mop up along all accessible fire perimeter and prepare adjacent private landowner on the southeast side of the swamp. Meetings with private landowners on the west side of the swamp were held to discuss future operations and develop operational strategies. Clinch and Charlton County Emergency Management is keeping residents and visitors to the area informed on the fire conditions and providing “Ready, Set, Go!” information to residents.
Restrictions and closures: FL2/GA94 from the agricultural check station at the GA/FL line to U.S. 441 in Fargo will be open from 10:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. Some temporary road closures may still occur due to smoke or equipment in the area. The Wilderness Canoe Trail overnight stops within the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge are closed as well as the Chesser Island Boardwalk and Chesser Island Homestead. A burn ban is in place for the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, and a countywide burn ban in Baker County, Fl.