Okefenokee fire mostly contained

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

FOLKSTON, Ga. (AP) -- Federal and state officials say
firefighters have contained 70 percent of the huge fire in the
Okefenokee Swamp.
Fire information officer Brian Goddin says that as of Sunday,
the fire had burned 147,046 acres, including acreage from fires set
to deprive the fire of fuel.
Goddin says firefighters decided on Saturday to burn out an area
near Stephen C. Foster State Park and another pocket left unburned
deep in the swamp.
Goddin says firefighters are burning the vegetation now to
ensure it doesn't burn in conditions under which a fire could
spread.
He says firefighters also are continuing to strengthen
firebreaks around the perimeter of the swamp.
Goddin says there were 287 people assigned to the fire Sunday,
down from nearly 400 at the peak of the fire.


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