Vast wildfire near Georgia-Florida line sputters, stalls for days, giving firefighters best chance at containment

By RUSS BYNUM - Associated Press
Saturday, May 20th 2017, 00:51 am EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A vast wildfire near the Georgia-Florida state line has sputtered and stalled for days, giving firefighters their best chance yet to stop the flames from advancing near the southern edge of the Okefenokee Swamp.

The multi-agency team fighting the fire said Friday the total burned area stands at 238 square miles (616 sq. kilometers) — a figure that has barely budged since Sunday. That's after 2.5 inches (6.4 centimeters) of rainfall hit the fire last weekend, slowing its burn rate to a crawl.

Susan Heisey is supervisory ranger of the Okefenokee National Wildlife refuge. She said Friday that the fire is now considered 40-percent contained after firefighters extinguished smoldering hot spots along the blaze's perimeter, fortifying containment lines to keep the fire from spreading into nearby communities.

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