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West Mims Fire

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

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West Mims Fire Morning Update April 30, 2017

West Mims Fire Wildfire
News – 4/30/2017

West Mims Fire Morning Update
Sunday April 30, 2017

FAST FACTS: The West Mims Fire is currently 96,248 acres and 8% contained.

Personnel & Equipment:

  • There are 499 personnel assigned to the incident.

  • Equipment resources include six helicopters, 57 wildland fire engines, six dozers, 37 tractor plows, two interagency hot shot crews and various overhead and support positions.

Current Fire Situation: Yesterday’s fire growth was approximately 1,500 acres. Some fire growth occurred on Billys Island where it burned slowly, backing south. The southern fire edge will continue backing southeast within the refuge.

Planned Action: Northwest advancement of the fire edge is expected to be minimal again today. Crews will continue to monitor all containment lines and mop up. Billys Island will be monitored closely and crews will be ready to conduct additional strategic firing operations, if needed. Strategic firing operations may be conducted south of Chesser Island and south of Mitchell Island as weather permits and fire behavior dictates.

Today’s Weather & Expected Fire Behavior: Southeast winds are predicted to increase 8-10 mph with gusts to 20 to 25 mph in the mid to late morning. Hot and dry conditions remain, with temperatures expected to reach the 90’s. On Monday, active fire areas that are currently backing southeast, could progress to the east resulting in increased interior fire growth on the refuge and potential fire progression of the northeast edge onto Bugaboo Island.

Air Quality Report:Light smoke could be experienced as far north as Macon and Atlanta in the morning but should quickly lift and move out by noon. The heaviest morning smoke will expected between Valdosta and Waycross, impacting Pearson and Fitzgerald. Roads that will likely be affected include Hwy 84 and others to the north. The rest of the day, smoke is expected to move north/northwest and impact Waycross and locations as far north as Hazlehurst.

Driving restrictions: Hwy 177 is closed 11 miles north of the intersection with GA 94 at the entrance to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. Temporary road closures will occur as needed due to smoke or equipment.

Temporary Flight Restrictions: A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR 7/7117) is in place. This includes any unmanned aircraft systems (aka “drones”).

Closures within the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge:

  • The Wilderness Canoe Trail overnight stops

  • Suwannee Canal Recreation Area, Stephen C. Foster State Park, Suwannee River Sill, and the Pocket

Burn Bans are in place for the following areas:

  • Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

  • Baker County, FL

West Mims Fire 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. 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.

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