Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge
Fish and Wildlife Service
Folkston, GA 31537
● The fire is currently 152,515 acres (no change) and 65 percent contained.
● Available firefighting resources include 3 helicopters, 17 wildland fire engines, 7 bulldozers, 1 hand crew, 269 total personnel.
Fire Situation and Planned Actions:
Recent widespread thunderstorms with heavy rain has kept fuel moisture high and suppressed fire behavior.
Crews will resume suppression repair and roadwork now that the front has moved over the West Mims Fire area and will remove structure protection at Chesser Island today.
Weather and Fire Behavior:
Rain ended and clouds began to clear over the fire late Thursday as high pressure moved in. Friday and Saturday will be mostly sunny and much drier and warmer. Winds will become southeast and conditions moisten with typical afternoon thunderstorms from Sunday onward.
A multi-mission aircraft conducted an IR flight at around 6:00p.m. Thursday evening, finding residual heat in the southeast corner of the burn perimeter located in the Georgia Bend. The heat is not expected to produce any significant fire behavior but crews are mindful of the drying trend and possible lingering lightning strikes that may still show up in the next few days.
West Mims Fire History:
This 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 fire is being managed by the Southern States Type 1 Incident Management Team and the Atlanta-based NIMO (National Incident Management Organization) in cooperation with the Georgia Forestry Commission, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, GOAL (Greater Okefenokee Association of Landowners), U.S. Forest Service, and Florida Forest Service.