The Florida Times-Union reports that thunderstorms on Monday are being blamed for starting the new fires, which represents a setback for firefighters who have been battling existing blazes for weeks.
Arthur Webster, supervisory ranger for the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, says the Paxton Road Fire started outside of the refuge and burned into the swamp. He said the Durdin Prairie Fire was started inside the swamp by a separate strike. Those fires are northwest of Folkston and within two miles of each other.
Information from: The Florida Times-Union, http://www.jacksonville.com