Hot, Dry Weather Fanning Wildfire Flames In South Georgia

A fire truck passes as a plume of smoke rises from a wildfire burning Monday, just outside the town of St. George, Georgia.
Credit Russ Bynum / Associated Press
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The major wildfire burning along the Georgia-Florida border isn’t slowing down, and the weather is helping to fan the flames.  

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The blaze in the Okefenokee Swamp started last month and has scorched more than 210 square miles of swampland.

Now, the fire has stretched across the marsh and is inching toward nearby neighborhoods.

A mandatory evacuation was ordered Sunday for all of St. George and other small communities in the area, but officials say many people have stayed put.

A spokesman for the U.S. Forestry Service says today’s weather is going to be hot and dry and that will only help the fire spread.

More than 600 people are battling the blaze.

The fire is 12 percent contained.