Okefenokee wildfire destorys family home

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Firefighters in southeast Georgia say a wildfire in Camden County destroyed one family's mobile home while communities outside the Okefenokee Swamp are bracing for possible evacuations now that two large fires are creeping close to communities.

Georgia Forestry Commission spokesman Eric Mosley said Wednesday a new 600-acre fire Tuesday burned the home, but its occupants evacuated safely.

In Charlton County, residents are returning to the tiny Carter community northeast of the Okefenokee after about 50 homes evacuated overnight. John Meyer, the county's emergency management director, says residents may have to flee again if the 12-square-mile Race Pond fire spreads further.

Two fires burning more than 300 square miles inside the swamp have merged. Firefighters are working to contain the blaze after it escaped the swamp's eastern boundary into Charlton County.

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