Evacuations ordered though many stay put — Georgia wildfire

The West Mims Fire is over 118,000 acres and is burning in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

The West Mims Fire is over 118,000 acres and is burning in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

A mandatory evacuation has been ordered for all St. George residents in southern Georgia.

At least 79 people have been evacuated so far in the community, which has around 2,000 people, the Associated Press reported. "But the flames are going to have to push people out of here".

The West Mims Fire grew to more than 133,000 acres by Monday afternoon, pushing south of US 94, according to a statement from the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.

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.

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. Still, the West Mims Fire may labor on until November, a spokeswoman for forestry officials and fire crews said.

Pair said perhaps half of his neighbors had heeded the weekend order to evacuate.

The track tractor became "high centered" on a stump and became disabled, but the operator escaped injury and walked safely to Georgia 94, the team said. The flames mostly stayed on public lands and posed no threat to populated areas until Saturday, when strong winds pushed the fire across the protective barrier plowed around the swamp's perimeter.

St. George is on the east edge of the refuge, where the heaviest fire activity exists.

Schools in Charlton County were closed Monday, though classes are expected to resume Tuesday, according to a statement from the Charlton County officials. Officials also shut down Georgia State Route 121 and Interstate 94.

"She left and went home with us last night because it got close to the crossroads here", Bulgar said.

"First Responders are NOT coming door-to-door", one refugee said via Facebook, as they are entirely focused on putting out the fire.

"It's absolutely not the best idea", Burnsed said. So, the only thing that we do know is the next mayor will be named Rick.

Burn bans are in place in Camden, Charlton, Clinch and Ware counties.

"Florida is in the middle of its worst wildfire season in years - with no end in sight", Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam told CBS Miami.

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