Thunderstorms hurt effort to fight Okefenokee wildfires

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Georgia wildfires

After two months of fighting the Okefenokee wildfire, rangers were released to their home station. (MGN)

OKEFENOKEE, Ga. (AP) -- Thunderstorms that helped contain large wildfires in south Georgia have also thwarted the work of firefighters.

The Florida Times-Union reports that fire crews trying a burnout Sunday on the western side of the Okefenokee Swamp had to come off the fire line because of a storm.

Fire officials say there are now nearly 1,400 people assigned to battle the large Honey Prairie Fire around the swamp. That fire had grown to nearly 1,700 acres by Sunday afternoon.

The Race Pond Fire has grown to around 21,000 acres and is now 65 percent contained. Although the fires have been relatively inactive, authorities warn that dry conditions expected in the next few days could make the fires worse.


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