Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge
Fish and Wildlife Service
Folkston, GA 31537
West Mims Fire Morning Update
Sunday April 23, 2017
FAST FACTS: The West Mims Fire is currently 28,654 acres and 4% contained. 407 personnel are assigned to this incident. Equipment resources include 6 helicopters, thirty four wildland fire engines, 6 dozers, thirty four 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 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Florida Forest Service, and U.S. Forest Service.
History: 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.
Planned Action and Weather: Higher temperatures and dry conditions could lead to unpredictable and rapidly-changing fire behavior today. Late afternoon thunderstorms are predicted with the potential for gusty southwest winds ahead of the front. Fire growth is expected to occur towards Strange Island and across Blackjack Island, moving the fire deeper into the interior of the swamp. The plan for today is to continue to improve containment lines and mop up on the western fire perimeter. Crews will also improve containment lines around Soldier Camp and along the swamp edge break.
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 p.m. and reopen based on visibility each morning.
Temporary Flight Restrictions: · A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in place for a 10 mile radius around the fire origin at Eddy’s Tower. This includes any unmanned aircraft systems (aka “drones”).
Closures within the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge: · The Wilderness Canoe Trail overnight stops · Chesser Island Boardwalk and 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