West Mims Fire only 3 percent contained

| April 17, 2017

 

FARGO, Ga. – The West Mims Fire has scorched more than 20,000 acres… and counting. As of Monday afternoon, the blaze was only 3 percent contained. The fire was started by lightning nearly two weeks ago.

Since then, the Type 2 Incident Management Team, along with the Georgia Forestry Commission, has set up shop in Fargo. They say over 200 personnel are here to help from multiple federal and state agencies across the country.

They say the size of the fire is determined by the weather, and they’re preparing for the unpredictable.

Crews are working hard and hoping for the best.

Leland Bass of the Incident Management Team says, “We’re out here fighting fire in it in 85 degree days. The dust is really thick. The smoke is really thick. We’re 100 percent dedicated to working and keeping these people safe.”

The fire has now traveled onto private property.

Helicopters and dozens of pieces of heavy machinery are being brought in, removing vegetation and prepping soil to keep the fire out.

For now, they say they’re creating a barrier around the entire perimeter, forcing the fire back, and away from more possible damage.

Officials say they’re still several weeks– maybe even months– away from getting everything controlled. They tell us they’re aiming for the month of June.

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

(WCTV Eyewitness News)

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