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S. Georgia wildfire evacuations lifted; wildlife refuge remains closed

All evacuation orders in connection with the  West Mims fire were rescinded Sunday, officials said. 

West Mims fire map (Credit: Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge )

All roads have been reopened, but Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge remains closed, Georgia Forestry Commission officials said.

Due to fire activity, motorists are encouraged to avoid driving on roads near fire activity, unless necessary, even if the roads are open. Officials remind drivers they will encounter firefighters, firefighting equipment, log trucks, and smoke along roads around the refuge and fire areas. 

Rain and cooler temperatures on Saturday helped, according to a news release.

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Photos: South Georgia wildfire rages in Okefenokee Swamp

Wildfire currently covers 152,147 acres and is 17 percent contained.

More than 860 firefighters are battling with 11 helicopters, five fixed-wing air tankers, 97 fire engines an d 80 bulldozers among other resources, the release said. 

The fire began with a lightning strike April 6 in the Okenfenokee Swamp, but has spread well beyond that area, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported. 

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