West Mims fire 'a lot quieter', fire officials say

West Mims Fire forms a 'smokenado'

The West Mims fire has not grown in at least three days.  The fire is just over 152,000 acres in size and 40% contained. That's an improvement from 23% since Tuesday.

Over 1,000 personnel from at least 36 states are assigned to fight the fire.

"The fire’s been a lot quieter than you’d expect considering how intensely it burned a couple weeks ago,” Incident Commander Mike Dueitt told crews at this morning’s operational briefing. 

There was one very small 25 square foot flare up on Thursday south of Highway 94 near Road 47/Road 8 on the southeast side was detected and extinguished by a crew patrolling the area.

A crew from the West Metro fire department from Colorado captured this amazing video of a "smoke tornado" while working on the fire lines.

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge:

 The refuge remains closed.
 Main Entrance (Suwannee Canal Recreation Area, Folkston): closed
 Secondary East Entrance (Kingfisher Landing, between Folkston and Waycross): open - day use only Note: Wilderness Canoe overnight stops are closed.  North Entrance (Okefenokee Swamp Park, Waycross): open
 West Entrance (Stephen C. Foster State Park, Fargo): closed
 Secondary West Entrance (Suwannee River Sill, Fargo): closed 

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