Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Smaller Fires Start as Big Blazes Settle; but They Were Brought under Control; Progress Seen in Okefenokee

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Smaller Fires Start as Big Blazes Settle; but They Were Brought under Control; Progress Seen in Okefenokee

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Byline: Teresa Stepzinski

Firefighters continued to gain ground containing the Honey Prairie and Race Pond wildfires in Southeast Georgia, but smaller blazes broke out in neighboring counties Wednesday afternoon.

The Honey Prairie Fire had spread across nearly 153,000 acres inside the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge but was 80 percent contained.

At least 60 percent contained, the Race Pond Fire had burned 7,855 acres near the Ware, Brantley and Charlton County line, said Nigel Baker, information officer for the Florida Division of Forestry.

Smaller fires broke out in Appling, Wayne, Charlton and Bacon counties late Wednesday afternoon, said Bo Chesser, Georgia Forestry Commission chief ranger in Waycross.

In northeast Appling, a fire burned about 12 acres before being brought under control. About two acres burned in central Wayne County and less than acre burned near Georgia 185 in Charlton County. Those blazes also were brought under control quickly, Chesser said.

Because crews were still en route, information about the Bacon fire wasn't immediately available, he said.

Both the Honey Prairie and Race Pond fires remain active.

At Race Pond, the fire is burning interior pockets of swamp fuels and southern brush. Crews continued "strategic firing operations" Wednesday to burn out fuels between the leading edge of the fire and Georgia 177.

Georgia 177 is the two-lane road that runs north-south between U.S. 1 and Okefenokee Swamp Park.

"Georgia 177 is our holding point, where we try to stop the fire," Baker said.

There are three helicopters, 19 fire engines, 33 bulldozers and 152 personnel assigned to the fire, which has been burning since May 25.

Firefighters and engines have been working in the Astoria and Swamp Road neighborhoods west and northwest of the Race Pond fire.

They've been scouting for water and local roads and other access points as a precaution should the fire spread to that area, Baker said. …

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