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Rain helps slow Okefenokee refuge fire

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FOLKSTON, Ga. (AP) - Fire information officers say rain helped slow the huge Honey Prairie Fire on the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge during the weekend.

Rich Phelps, an information officer for the Okefenokee fires, says the area received up to half an inch of rain on Saturday.

Phelps says heavy thunderstorms that came through southeast Georgia Saturday sparked a fire in northern Camden County that firefighters contained to 18 acres.

Phelps put the Honey Prairie Fire at 295,415 acres.

He says all public entrances to the refuge remain closed.

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Information from: The Florida Times-Union, http://www.jacksonville.com  

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