Florida's long-burning Honey Prairie Fire jumps outside Okefenokee Wildlife Refuge to privately-owned land; since April 28, lightning-strike fire has burned 307,000 acres

LOS ANGELES , September 15, 2011 () – A forest fire of more than 307,000 acres jumped outside the boundaries of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge on Monday to burn an estimated additional 1,300 acres, said officials, The Florida Times-Union reported Sept. 15.

The Honey Prairie Fire moved from a spot inside the refuge where firefighters were working to private land a quarter- to a half-mile outside, said supervisory ranger Arthur Webster, reported The Florida Times-Union.

The fire, which began April 28 from a lightning strike, is expected to continue at least until Oct. 8 during the annual Okefenokee Festival in Folkston, Webster said.

No heavy rains are expected in the region in the near future.

The primary source of this article is The Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, Florida, on Sept. 15, 2011.

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