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Fire in Okefenokee NWR is 85 percent contained


By: Georgia Farm Bureau
6/14/2017 1:04:59 PM


A fire started by lightning in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) had burned 152,515 acres of forestland and was 85 percent contained as of June 11, according to information issued by state and federal agencies working to contain the fire. The agencies indicated that personnel will continue to patrol and monitor the fire until it is fully contained.

Visitor access to the Okefenokee Park was fully restored on June 8. Boat access to the Okefenokee via the Stephen C. Foster State Park near Fargo will resume once water levels can support boat access. Please contact Stephen C. Foster State Park at 912-637-5274 for the most up-to-date information on visitor opportunities available at this location. The overnight canoe stops will remain closed as water levels are low in the Okefenokee.

The West Mims Fire was initially reported on April 6. It straddled the Georgia-Florida state line southeast of Fargo, Ga., approximately 2.5 miles northeast of Eddy Tower. The fire is currently located within the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Florida's John M. Bethea State Forest, and Osceola National Forest.

Updates are available on the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge Facebook page at


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