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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 Daily Update June 10, 2017

West Mims Fire Wildfire
News – 6/10/2017

Fire Statistics

  • The fire is currently 152,515 acres (no change) and 85 percent contained.
  • Available firefighting resources include 3 helicopters, 11 wildland fire engines, 4 bulldozers, 1 hand crew, 249 total personnel.

Fire Situation and Planned Actions
After the last multi-mission aircraft conducted an IR flight on June 8, 2017, the only hotspots located are in the southeast section of the fire, west of St. George. Fire managers feel confident that 85% of the perimeter is secure. Mop-up operations will continue to further containment in that southeast section. Fuel moisture remains high and higher relative humidity factors have allowed crews to concentrate on suppression repair in the West Mims Fire area. Crews will continue suppression repair in the burn area, opening waterways and removing any remaining fire equipment and flagging. The Southern States Incident Management Team (IMT) will transition operations to the Ledbetter Type 3 IMT at 5:00 p.m. this evening.

Weather and Fire Behavior
Mostly sunny, warm, and dry conditions prevailed over the fire on Friday. High temperatures were around 90 degrees while humidities bottomed out 36-40%. The weather on Saturday will be similar to Friday except it will be hotter and with a slight chance of an afternoon thunderstorms. Fire Behavior will remain minimal with no expected spread, however, the chance of lightning from afternoon storms still pose a threat.

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge
The Jackson MS Hotshots removed structure protection from the Chesser Island Homestead and performed cleanup of the area, “leaving it better than we found it” according to Operations Section Chief, Buck Kline of the Georgia Forestry Commission. The homestead grounds and boardwalk will be open to the public today. The homestead itself will open soon.

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.

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