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Honey Prairie fire continues to smolder

In this file photo, the Honey Prairie fire rages.  The fire started in later April and has consumed more than 300,000 acres. In this file photo, the Honey Prairie fire rages. The fire started in later April and has consumed more than 300,000 acres.
Another picture of the Honey Prairie fire at full force.  Firefighters got some help from nature this week, but most of the rain was to the east of the main fire area. Another picture of the Honey Prairie fire at full force. Firefighters got some help from nature this week, but most of the rain was to the east of the main fire area.

This week's rain in helping put out the long burning Honey Prairie Fire in the Okefenokee Swamp.

According to the Georgia Forestry Commission, areas along the eastern boundary of the refuge picked up nearly 8 inches of rainfall.  But those closer to the fire picked up much less. 

Which means that the blaze is not out yet and that the smoke from the fire could still cause some reductions in visibility on roads in Southeast Georgia.  The fire is about three quarters contained but has burned more than 300,000 acres since it started in late April.

Foresters say that with the dry weather that is expected this weekend, the fire could re-ignite in some locations.

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