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The West Mims Fire was first began on April 6th, 2017, as a result of a lightning strike impacting 7 miles east of Fargo and 2.5 miles northeast of Eddy Fire Tower on West Mims Island. Over the course of the following 3 months, the West Mims Fire would go on to burn 152,515 acres with the spreading fires affecting both Georgia and Florida. On May 7th, the fire had jumped Georgia 94 W which prompted the shutdown of roads, with a mandatory evacuation of nearby St George later followed by much of southern Charlton County as well. Thanks to the efforts of what would become an overall force of 1000 personnel, 4 air tankers, 9 helicopters, and a good amount of rainfall in June and July, the fire would have the last signs of smoke on June 10th and would finally be declared 100% contained on July 10th, 2017.



Satellite image of smoke plume originating from second day of West Mims Fire, with the plume reaching out over Jacksonville.

GIF Image courtesy of CIRA.

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