Wildfires

May 14, 2017 - 4:28 pm
FOLKSTON, Ga. (AP) — A mandatory evacuation order has been lifted for two south Georgia towns threatened for days last week by a wildfire that had spread outside the boundaries of the neighboring Okefenokee swamp. Authorities say evacuation orders in place for about a week were rescinded Sunday for...
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A fire truck passes as a plume of smoke rising from a wildfire burning, Monday, May 8, 2017, just outside the town of St. George, Ga. Officials placed the town under a mandatory evacuation after winds pushed the fire out of the neighboring Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, where a lightning strike started the blaze a month earlier. (AP Photo/Russ Bynum)
May 10, 2017 - 12:44 pm
FOLKSTON, Ga. (AP) — Ground crews with plows and bulldozers are working to box in a wildfire threatening small communities at the edge of the Okefenokee Swamp in southeast Georgia. Fire officials said in a news release Wednesday the vast fire near the Georgia-Florida state line has charred more...
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In this Saturday, May 6, 2017 photo provided by the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge smoke rises from a wildfire east of Fargo, Ga. Firefighters were battling Sunday to prevent the fire from spreading, authorities said. (Ben Palm/Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge via AP)
May 08, 2017 - 12:00 pm
FOLKSTON, Ga. (AP) — Officials extended a mandatory evacuation to other communities on Monday as a wildfire near the Georgia-Florida line threatened small communities on the edge of the Okefenokee Swamp. Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge supervisory ranger Susan Heisey said in a statement the...
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May 06, 2017 - 5:59 pm
FOLKSTON, Ga. (AP) — The entire town of St. George in Georgia's southernmost county is now under a mandatory evacuation order issued after a wildfire in the Okefenokee Swamp began encroaching onto private property. The unincorporated community has about 2,000 people. Saturday's evacuation initially...
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May 06, 2017 - 5:58 pm
FOLKSTON, Ga. (AP) — More than 2,000 people in Georgia's southernmost county are under a mandatory evacuation order as wildfire spreads.
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April 26, 2017 - 3:18 pm
FOLKSTON, Ga. (AP) — Officials say a wildfire on public lands near the Georgia-Florida state line has blackened 115 square miles (300 sq. kilometers), having doubled in size since last weekend. Sustained winds up to 8 mph (13 kph) were expected to keep pushing the flames Wednesday into drought-...
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April 25, 2017 - 5:57 pm
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida zookeeper is recovering from burns he received while saving a rhinoceros from a wildfire that threatened his animal sanctuary. Local media organizations report NGALA Wildlife Preserve President and CEO Donovan Smith remained at Tampa General Hospital on Tuesday after...
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April 21, 2017 - 5:59 pm
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Brush fires are threatening more than 2,000 homes in southwest Florida, and the Florida National Guard is helping to evacuate residents. Gov. Rick Scott said in a statement Friday that he deployed the guard and five UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters to help fight 100-foot flames in...
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