Fire officials said Monday the fire has burned more than 61,800 acres, or more than 96 square miles, inside the swamp’s 438,000 acres. Frank Sorrells, district ranger for the Georgia Forestry Commission, says firefighters con-tained the fire outside the swamp to just 18 acres of timberland after flames jumped fire control breaks surrounding the swamp Sunday night.
Sorrells says no communities are in immediate danger. But he says extremely dry conditions in the Okefenokee have helped the fire spread at rates as fast as 3 mph.
Officials say a lightning strike sparked the fire April 28.