Georgia expands mandatory evacuations as fire moves into FloridaStaff Writer |
Disaster The shelter for evacuated residents
Georgia officials expanded mandatory evacuations due to the Okefenokee wildfire that is now also burning Florida's John M. Bethea State Forest.
"We advise all residents in these areas to follow this evacuation order for your safety," the agency said in a statement.
The shelter for evacuated residents is at the Camden County Recreation Center in the city of Kingsland.
The National Wildfire Coordinating Group said the fire, called the West Mims Fire and started by lightning on April 6, at Georgia's Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge grew to 133,744 acres and is 12 percent contained as of late Monday.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Fire Management Division early Tuesday estimated the fire grew to more than 140,000 acres, though the number is not yet official.
The NWCG said the fire will likely continue to expand and move north through more of the Okefenokee forest. ■
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