Crews Prepare for Okefenokee Wildfire to March North

FOLKSTON – Firefighters are getting ready for a wildfire that’s burned 35 square miles of public land near the Georgia-Florida state line to spread northward in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.

Currently, the fire is roughly a third of the size of Tallahassee’s city limits.

Leland Bass of the Georgia Forestry Commission said Thursday forecasters expect winds in the coming days to push the fire deeper into the refuge, where lightning sparked the blaze April 6.

Firefighters have been fortifying fire breaks along the swamp edge in an effort to keep flames from spreading to nearby communities.

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