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“Wildfires rage near Georgia border as Florida issues state of emergency”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution published a short story this morning describing the fires that are currently affecting parts of the Okefenokee Swamp and adjacent areas in southeast Georgia and northeast Florida.  While fires are a natural part of the climate there and are needed to clear out invasive species and provide nutrients to the soil, they can threaten wildlife and people living in nearby areas. The smoke can also be a hazard for drivers on nearby roads, as we have seen in past fires.  You can read about it here.

Wildfire caused the West Mims Fire in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge to close Saturday. (Credit: Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge)