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Okefenokee Swamp Wildfire Forces Evacuations

Dozens of nearby residents have been forced to leave their homes in Georgia after a wildfire broke out in Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. Authorities added that the wildfire might not be fully contained for months. Almost a third of the refuge (about 130,000 acres or 52,600 hectares) has already been burnt. Refuge, popular among tourists, is home to black bears, alligators, and sandhill cranes. As of Sunday afternoon, there were more than 500 people fighting the blaze, which has only been contained up to 12 percent, according to the website InciWeb. A gymnasium in Folkston, Georgia has been prepared for the evacuated 79 residents of the tiny town of St. George, Georgia.

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