As of Monday, May 27, the Compartment #1 Fire is 100 percent contained. Containment means that fire personnel have confidence that the fire progression has ceased, there will not be additional fire growth, and there is not active fire behavior. The area around the Compartment #1 Fire will continue to be monitored until there is significant rain. The Compartment #1 Fire was caused by lightning and is estimated at 185 acres. Conditions continue to be dry in all areas surrounding the Okefenokee, and wildfire danger remains elevated around Southeast Georgia and North Florida.
On Monday evening, there were several areas around the Okefenokee that received lightning with little to no rain, and fire personnel have reported that there is one new fire within the refuge boundary detected at this time.
The new start is located on the northwest side of the refuge and is approximately 7.5 acres. During a morning recon flight, no open flames were seen and only minor interior smoke in two locations was reported with water surrounding the fire on all sides. This new fire is located approximately .2 of a mile from the refuge boundary and is not accessible by road, but will be monitored by aviation resources, and a Type III helicopter will be utilized should any suppression strategy be necessary.
The burn ban on campfires and charcoal grills in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge remains in effect until further notice. This burn ban includes the campground at Stephen C. Foster State Park and any picnicking areas at Okefenokee Swamp Park and Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge Main Entrance. Additionally, campfires and charcoal grills on overnight camping trips on the Wilderness Canoe Trail System are prohibited.
All entrances to the Okefenokee are open for business and welcoming visitors. Due to the forecast temperatures, we recommend getting out early to enjoy the best opportunities of seeing wildlife. Bring water and snacks, sunscreen, and wear a hat while visiting. For information on visiting the Stephen C. Foster State Park near Fargo, please call 912-637- 5274; to visit the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge near Folkston, please call 912-496-7836; or to visit the Okefenokee Swamp Park near Waycross, please call 912-283-0583.