Georgia swamp fire still smoldering but barely growing

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FOLKSTON, Ga. — A wildfire that’s scorched more than 480 square miles in the Okefenokee Swamp is still burning deep underground after nearly eight months, though officials say it’s barely growing.

Rangers with the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge say the fire has burned a total of 309,200 acres in southeast Georgia near the Florida state line. That’s growth of just one acre since October.

Still, officials say dead and decaying vegetation continues to burn deep underground on the refuge’s west side, producing smoke but no visible flame. And after months of drought there’s still not enough water in the swamp to snuff the fire for good.

Twelve people remain assigned to the firefighting crew in charge of monitoring the wildfire.

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AutumnLeaves 12/15/11 - 03:39 pm
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There is a visible sulfuric

There is a visible sulfuric (yellow) haze hovering over the Savannah River Valley as far as you can see in either direction as you drive toward downtown Augusta on Bobby Jones. Is that smoke from this wildfire collecting or some type of man-made pollution?

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