Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Swamp Blaze Flaring Again; Spot Fires on Private Land Burn 1,300 Additional Acres

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Swamp Blaze Flaring Again; Spot Fires on Private Land Burn 1,300 Additional Acres

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Byline: Terry Dickson

The Honey Prairie Fire that had been gnawing away at the Okefenokee Swamp grew fangs and jumped outside national refuge boundaries burning an estimated 1,300 additional acres, officials said.

Two spot fires, a mile to two miles apart, started a quarter to a half mile outside in a swampy area on privately owned land, said Arthur Webster, supervisory ranger at the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.

"They went from a hot spot inside the refuge,'' he said. "As firefighters were putting out those, the fire spotted behind them.''

The fires started about 9:30 a.m. Monday between the refuge boundary and Perimeter Road where firefighters were staged and ready. But because of winds and dry conditions, the two fires burned 1,150 acres and 175 acres each by late Monday night as firefighters still worked to contain them, he said.

"When it's doing that quarter-mile spotting, it's hard to control,'' Webster said.

The fires are burning about nine miles north-northwest of Fargo and just south of the westernmost block of the refuge near Rowell's Island. …

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