Charlton County Lifts Evacuation Order For Georgia Wildfire
Residents affected by the Charlton County, GA evacuation order may return home. The evacuation order has been lifted by Charlton County authorities at 6:30 p.m. Saturday night– exactly one week after residents were forced to evacuate.
A massive wildfire has been burning in the Okefenokee Wildlife Refuge since April 6, 2017 after a lightning strike ignited the blaze. As of Saturday evening, Inciweb reports the fire had burned over 150,000 acres and is 16 percent contained.
Fire crews and residents near the fire were faced with another life-threatening weather event Saturday afternoon. A line of intense showers and rotating thunderstorms moved over the fire prompting a tornado warning right over the fire zone. The heavy rain associated with the storms did help firefighting efforts.
Emergency management officials warn residents returning to remain vigilant of changing conditions as the fire is not out.
There are roughly 800 firefighters from local, state and federal agencies fighting the fire. Additional resources include 11 helicopters, 6 air-tankers, 85 wildland fire trucks and 66 bulldozers.
Fortunately, there have been no reports of injuries or damaged homes from the fire.
Fire danger across Florida will remain elevated into next week.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Nick Merianos