Georgia residents warned to prepare for as Okefenokee fire grows

SAVANNAH, Georgia. – South Georgia residents on the western edge of the Okefenokee Swamp, be warned to prepare for possible evacuations as a wildfire that has burned 31 square miles (80 square kilometers) near the Georgia-Florida line continues to grow.

Sparked by lightning April 6, in the Okefenokee National Wildlife refuge, the fire has more than doubled in size over the weekend on the nearby public land as strong winds fanned the blaze. The indoor 20,162 acres (80 square miles) on Monday.

Clinch County emergency management director Joyce said that some residents of Fargo, a town of about 320 people were encouraged over the weekend to pack bags just in case evacuations are ordered.

Leland Bass of the Georgia Forestry Commission said the fire Monday was the burning of about 7 miles (11 km) outside of Fargo.

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