Recent rain dampens brush in West Mims wildfire

| June 8, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Showers and thunderstorms are making an impact on the West Mims wildfire in the Okefenokee Wildlife Refuge.

The fire is still 152, 515 acres and 65% contained. Although the acreage of the fire hasn’t changed, Tuesday’s rain dropped 1 to 1.5 inches of water over the Okefenokee swamp. Up to 3.5 inches of rain fell over the swamp from Monday through Tuesday
Wet brush is dampening any possible fuel to the fire.

County-wide burn bans in areas immediately surrounding the fire have been lifted.
A burn ban remains in the Okefenokee Wildlife Refuge. The burn ban in the refuge includes charcoal grills.

Additional showers and thunderstorms are expected Wednesday afternoon through the evening. Some strong thunderstorms could bring high winds to the area, but damp brush will make it difficult for fire to spread. A few showers are possible early Thursday morning. The only changes to the outlook would come from any new lightning strikes igniting new fires.

(WCTV Eyewitness News)

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