West Mims/Okefenokee Wildfire
In response to the wildfires impacting the Okefenokee
National Wildlife Refuge and homes, businesses and thousands of acres of
private timberland in the Charlton County area, the Georgia Emergency
Management and Homeland Security Agency is assisting in the coordination of
resources to help Georgia's impacted communities. The Georgia Forestry
Commission and more than 250 personnel from 20 jurisdictions, including the
Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Georgia Department of Corrections, and
other state partners are working alongside federal and local emergency
personnel to protect these communities.
To help ensure those responding have all the available
resources necessary to address this crisis, on behalf of Governor Nathan Deal,
GEMA/HS Director Homer Bryson requested and received a FEMA declaration for
Fire Management Assistance Grant Program funds. These funds help defray the
costs associated with emergency operations during a specific declared fire
emergency whose impact could threaten to become a major disaster. By providing
these resources, our hope is to prevent this fire from becoming a catastrophic
event for the citizens of South Georgia.
To get the latest information on the wildfire situation, road and school closures, as well as safety tips, please visit the Incident Information site or Charlton County's site.
You can also visit the Okefenokee Wildlife Refuge's Facebook for updates.
To view pictures of the West Mims widfires, you can click here.