Okefenokee wildfire grows by 2,000 acres on Tuesday

Winds shifted overnight as the fire has now consumed more than half of Charlton County. (NBC RAW)

A wildfire in South Georgia continues to grow, leading to a mandatory evacuation order.

The West Mims fire has burned more than 140,000 acres so far at the Georgia-Florida state line.

It grew by more than 2,000 acres from Monday into Tuesday as winds shifted overnight.

The entire southern half of Charlton County is under a mandatory evacuation order.

PHOTOS: Okefenokee wildfire continues to grow

A shelter has been set up for people in the town of St. George who have been told to leave their homes.

Officials in neighboring Nassau County, Fla., have warned people living there that they should make preparations now in case it becomes necessary for them to leave.

Heavy smoke from the fire can be seen for miles, and people who live in the affected areas are being advised to stay inside and not breathe in the smoke and ash.

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