Georgia on Fire

South Georgia’s Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is on fire, and more than 700 firefighters are trying to put it out.

“It is backbreaking and frustrating work, for they know they’ll be back doing the same thing tomorrow and the day after and so on,” The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported. “There’s really no end in sight to this fire, the largest active wildfire in the nation, with officials saying it could last until November. Right now, only 12 percent is considered contained. It engulfs an area nearly twice the size of the city of Atlanta, and it continues to grow.”

The fire could burn for months, and officials have ordered the southern half of Charlton County to be evacuated, though most residents have chosen to stay, according to myAGC.

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PHOTO: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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