'Very Large Air Tanker' headed to Ga. to battle enormous wildfire

VLAT headed to West Mims fire

A very large air tanker or VLAT is headed to the West Mims Fire on Tuesday to help battle the over 133,000-acre wildfire in the Okefenokee Wildlife Refuge. 

According to the Southeast Wildlife Service Fire Management Division, the wildfire is estimated to have grown to over 140,000 acres Monday with another challenging day expected Tuesday. 

Evacuation orders are still in effect for residents in St. George, Georgia

The West Mims fire has grown by about 4,000 acres, pushing it across Highway 94 at Boggy Break according to the Okeefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.  The fire has burned nearly 134,000 acres and is 12% contained.

A Charlton County representative said “first responders are not coming door to door, because they are fighting this approaching fire to try to save homes."

At this point, there are no evacuations in Nassau County.

Highway 121 and Highway 94 are closed.

The shelter for St. George evacuees is at the Camden County Recreation Center at 1050 Wildcat Drive in Kingsland, Georgia.

Related story: More communities evacuated as West Mims fire grows

 

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