Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge
Fish and Wildlife Service
Folkston, GA 31537
Barring any further fire activity, this will be the final West Mims Fire Evening Summary.
Fire Situation and Planned Actions:Precipitation over the last three days helped suppress active fire but some heat may still be located within the interior and piles.
Crews assessed drop points, ensuring signage was posted and broke down equipment for shipment back to home units, but crews were unable to resume suppression repair and roadwork due to the wet conditions.
A multi-mission aircraft will conduct an IR flight at approximately 6:00 p.m. this evening to search for residual heat within the fire perimeter.All county-wide burn bans have been lifted in the area immediately surrounding the West Mims Fire. Additionally, the current Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) over the fire area has expired.
Weather and Fire Behavior: Rain ended and clouds began to clear over the fire late Thursday as high pressure built in. Due to morning rain and extensive cloud cover, high temperatures were only in the 70s with afternoon humidities staying above 70%. Friday and Saturday will be mostly sunny and much drier and warmer.
Winds become southeast and conditions moisten with typical afternoon thunderstorms from Sunday onward. No noted fire behavior occurred over the last 24 hours. Crews continued to monitor heat sources for potential threat.
Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge:The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge resumed nearly all visitor services at the Main Entrance (Suwanee Canal Recreation Area) and the Stephen C. Foster State Park.
The Main Entrance to the refuge near Folkston, GA reopened the public boat launch to day use visitors to include canoe and kayak rentals from Okefenokee Adventures, but the Chesser Island Boardwalk and Chesser Island Homestead will remain closed until safety inspections can be conducted.