Uncontrolled wildfire burns 8,400 acres in South Georgia and North Florida

| April 13, 2017

FARGO, Ga. – A large wildfire is spreading across South Georgia and North Florida.

Over 100 personnel from the Georgia Forestry Commission, Greater Okefenokee Association of Landowners, Florida Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, and U.S. Forest Service are working to suppress the wildfire.

They say it’s called the West Mims Fire, and they believe lightning sparked the fire last Friday.

By Wednesday, a total of 8,400 acres has burned in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.

Agencies say with such a big fire, it’s difficult to contain and slow the spread.

“You may not have enough water to put it out, but you can cool it down. The only way we would have enough water to put this fire out would be a rain with a name, if you get what I’m saying,” says Doc Bloodworth, with Florida Forest Service.

Bloodworth says without a large rain storm, they’re dropping loads of fire retardant,

They’ve already dropped around 30 loads, holding around 4,000 gallons each.

Agencies are also using several different strategic firing operations to the perimeter of the burned area.

Georgia State Route 94 in Fargo is blocked all the way across the Georgia-Florida line due to smoke.

They say zero percent of the fire is contained, and it will take several weeks to gain control.

For now, several agencies and landowners are working together to keep danger and damage at bay.

As of Wednesday, the fire has not impacted any private structures or property.

(WCTV Eyewitness News)

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