Update on the West Mims Wildfire at the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

The wildfire which was sparked by a lightning strike in the refuge on April 6, is still out of control and is growing. As of today, the fire has consumed nearly 130,000 acres of the Wildlife Refuge which is located along the Georgia-Florida border in southeastern Georgia. The last visible satellite image for today clearly shows the extensive smoke plume streaming to the southeast across much of northeast Florida and out over the Atlantic Ocean.

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Visible satellite image from May 8, 2017

Compare this image from today with the image from Saturday when the low level winds were much stronger.

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Stronger winds produced a much longer smoke plume.

Conditions are favorable for the wildfire to continue in the short term as hot, dry weather will continue for the remainder of the week. At this point in time, the only way for the wildfire to be extinguished is by a long soaking rain event such as with a tropical wave, storm or hurricane.

Chris

 

2 thoughts on “Update on the West Mims Wildfire at the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

    1. Yes in a way. Whenever the winds are from the west or west-northwest we get the smoke and ash. We’re well away from the fire danger from the flames but when the smoke hits it’s horrible out. Thank you for your concern and comment. Chris

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