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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 Evening Summary May 19, 2017

West Mims Fire Wildfire
News – 5/19/2017

Fire Situation and Planned Actions:

The fire was not very active today, and there were no new starts. Containment increased to 60 percent. The contingency group continues to improve existing firelines and plan for personnel and equipment needs should the fire progress northward. They are working along the Swamps Edge Break west of Folkston, south of Waycross, and east of Homerville to protect those communities should the fire progress north. Firefighters on the southeast part of the fire west of St. George are steadily progressing with mopping up dozer lines and berms. Fire managers are coordinating with private landowners to facilitate property access for salvage logging north and south of Highway 94 in the fire’s southeastern tip. A road-maintenance group is grading and patching (i.e., adding clay) roads affected by fire-suppression activities. They are currently focusing on roads in the southeast area of the fire, for example, Road 47/Road 8.

Night operations will be fully staffed again tonight.

Tomorrow’s operational priorities remain mop up, initial attack, readiness, contingency planning, and implementation.

Weather and Expected Fire Behavior:

Tomorrow marks the beginning of a more unsettled and active weather pattern that will affect the fire area well into next week. The incident meteorologist expects rain on Monday (60 percent chance) and Wednesday (70 percent chance). The cold front has the potential to bring up to two inches of rain to the fire area.

As cloud cover, relative humidity, and vegetation moisture content increase, fire behavior will decrease. Although the fire continues to smolder, creep, and reburn, the potential for more active fire behavior remains without adequate rainfall. The fire-behavior analyst says that one to two inches of rain would significantly reduce fire behavior, providing firefighters several days in which to mop up and increase containment.

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