Monday, 25 September, 2017

Wildfire prompts evacuations in Georgia town

Mandatory evacuation ordered as thick smoke blankets region News Close Mandatory evacuation ordered as thick smoke blankets region
Francis Olson | 14 May, 2017, 23:37

A firefighter watches a helicopter above Georgia Highway 177 as the West Mims fire burns in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Georgia, U.S. April 25, 2017. The wildfire started April 6.

In this Saturday, May 6, 2017 photo provided by the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge smoke rises from a wildfire east of Fargo, Ga.

The fire in total has burned 129,856 acres (52,550 hectares), and wind gusts and dry conditions were raising the risk of the fire spreading, the statement said.

"I do believe they went to the Waycross fires, the three that I did send down there, so it's something they are used to and it's all voluntary for which guys wanted to go or which personnel wanted to go, so they volunteered", says Chief Medeiros. As fire burned behind their home Sunday, Boldin's family evacuated 15 horses, six dogs and other animals out of the fire's path to a friend's property a few miles away. According to CBS Miami, more than 2,000 wildfires have been reported statewide this year, and those blazes have claimed at least 230 square miles of land.

The modified DC-10 jet liner, capable of dumping 11,600 gallons (44,000 liters) of chemical fire retardant in a single run, was joining almost 700 firefighters and support personnel working to contain the blaze with bulldozers, helicopters and smaller planes.

Fire analysts said that moisture in available fuels was so low that the "probability of ignition is in the 87 percentile", the update said.

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The wildfire is only 12 percent contained and residents should evacuate.

Although the fire has not jumped the St. Marys River, which makes up the state line, authorities have evacuated some parts of Nassau County, Fla., as well. He says it will stay open indefinitely.

Davis said the emergency manager later clarified that the evacuation was not mandatory and that only the people in the homes closest to the fire were asked to leave.

A massive wildfire continues to burn on the border of Florida and Georgia.

Charlton County Schools announced Sunday that public schools would be closed on Monday due to the advancing fire and the temporary shelter had been moved from a Folkston school to the Camden rec center.

People who stay behind only manage to get in firefighters' way, Baysinger said.

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