Community meeting held to discuss status of West Mims Fire

| April 19, 2017

FARGO, Ga. – Crews continue battling a wildfire that straddles the Florida-Georgia line, and residents are keeping a watchful eye on the situation as well.

The Clinch County government is telling residents in the area to be prepared to evacuate.

The West Mims Fire has now spread to over 20,000 acres in the Okefenokee swamp. So far, the blaze is only 3 percent contained.

Since the first West Mims Fire community meeting on Monday night, it seems everybody now feels like they’re on the same page.

Today, crews from across the country are getting back to work, with the help of local residents, landowners, and corporations.

Officials say they’ve played a huge effort in suppressing the fire.

Local timber companies say it may be a small town, but the people of Fargo have a huge heart– lending a hand even when their hometown is threatened by wildfire.

Chad Nimmer says, “You won’t see anger in this situation. The people of Fargo are always passionate and vigilant about what they care about, where they live, and their way of life here.”

Nimmer is with Pierce Timber Company, and a Georgia state representative.

He says they’ve been here since the fire started.

A lot of this private and corporate land is timber– a $32 billion industry in Georgia.

Nimmer says it also generates a lot of local revenue in these rural counties. It’s a lifeline for the community, and now at risk, due to the West Mims Fire.

The Incident Management Team says their goal is to keep it off this land.

Click here for an interactive map of the fire and updated information about current conditions.

(WCTV Eyewitness News)

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