It burns in 35% humidity and “eats” water;
“Gorski said Florida is the driest he has seen since 2000. The fire chief said he has never seen a wildfire so resistant to water. Nothing happened initially when firefighters started pumping more than 100 gallons of water a minute on the wildfire.
“It wasn’t even like affecting it,” Gorski said. “It was like drinking it.””
Inciweb summary of the two headed Bugaboo Scrub Fire now being fought on fronts in Florida and Georgia.
This large fire started in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in southern Georgia. It eventually spread into northern Florida. The Georgia portion is called the Bugaboo Scrub Fire. The Florida portion is called the Florida Bugaboo Wildfire. This site will provide updates for both portions of the fire.
Mandatory Evacuation – Deep Creek, Florida & areas east of US 441
Residents in the Deep Creek area, east of 441 and north of I-10 remain evacuated. Much of the Columbia County area along the east side of 441 that is west and southwest of the head of the fire, remain evacuated. Residents who need more information can call the Columbia County Information Line at 386-719-7530.
Mandatory Evacuation – Reeves Landing, Georgia
A mandatory evacuation has been issued for Reeves Landing, 3 miles NE of Fargo.
Evacuation lifted – Taylor, Florida
The residents of the town of Taylor have been allowed to return to their home but have been asked to remain on alert.
Precautionary Evacuation – Moniac, Georgia
A precautionary evacuation remains in effect.
Bugaboo Scrub Fire (Georgia)
Fire crews working for Georgia Forestry Commission, along with private timber companies, are working along the flanks of the fire where conditions allow and are working to protect structures in the area. Fire crews and forest industry personnel are also strengthening lines on the southwest edge of the Okefenokee Swamp near Fargo. Crews have been successful in holding the fire inside the refuge with the exception of three small areas that have been contained. A community protection plan has been implemented and crews are continuing structure protection in Fargo. The break in the weather has aided crews in preparations in that community.
Florida Bugaboo Wildfire (Florida)
This is the south portion of the Bugaboo Scrub Fire that began in Georgia. The portion of the fire in Florida is reported at over 101,000 acres. Crews report good progress made Friday due to lighter winds. Despite the best efforts of firefighters however, 9 outbuildings were destroyed and one damaged in a hunting camp near Deep Creek. The same lighter winds are expected to keep fire behavior down today, giving firefighters a chance to complete more containment line. Burnout operations were conducted late into the night Friday and went well. This morning, crews are having difficulty working on the line due to a heavy inversion that’s holding thick smoke and fog near the ground.
The Southern Blue Incident Management Team will hold a press conference today (Saturday) at the Day’s Inn at the intersection of I-10 and US 441 at 4:00 pm.
Totals for Bugaboo: 212,042 acres
Bugaboo Scrub Fire (Georgia): 111,042 acres
Florida Bugaboo Wildlife: 101,000+ acres
Mostly clear and breezy with a 20% chance of showers in the afternoon. High temperature of 90, minimum humidity of 35%. Winds: E to NE at 5-10 mph with gusts to 15 mph.
·· Hwy 441 is closed from Homerville to Florida line (previously Fargo to Florida line)
·· SR 177 south of Hwy 1 (entrance to Okefenokee Swamp Park) is now open
·· SR 177 between Stephen C. Foster State Park and Fargo is closed
·· SR 94 is closed from St. George to Moniac and from the Florida line through Fargo to Statenville
·· SR 185 in Georgia is closed
·· SR 89 in Georgia from Fargo to Homerville is closed
·· US 441 from County Road 100 A in Lake City to the FL/GA line in Columbia County, FL is closed
·· State Road 2 from CR 127 in Baker County to the FL/GA line in Columbia County, FL. Is closed
·· I-10 exit ramps to US 441 are closed.
·· I-10, from US 90 (Sanderson, FL) to US 129 (Live Oak, FL), is closed due to smoke and fog. The fire is still north of I-10 and east of US 441.
·· US 129 entrance ramp to I-10 in Live Oak is closed
·· I-75 is now closed form Valdosta, Georgia to I-10 at Lake City, Florida (previously from Florida line to Lake City)
|Incident Type||Wildland Fire|
|Date of Origin||05/05/2007 at 1700 hrs.|
|Location||Ware County, Georgia/Baker County, Florida|
|Incident Commander||Ruggiero / Quesinberry /|
Bugaboo Scrub (GA) – The fire is burning in southern rough and wet scrub/shrub, and industrial pine plantations of various ages. The western area is made up of timber stands of various ages and composition, with dominate species being longleaf, loblolly, and slash pine. Swamp/bays are intermixed throughout and due to a low water table are readily available to burn.
Florida Bugaboo – Mosaic of southern rough, 1 to 25 years old, and wet scrub/shrub, and commercial pine plantations.
Bugaboo Scrub (GA) – Moderate to extreme fire beha
Florida Bugaboo – Extreme fire behavior with torching and spotting.
Bugaboo Scrub (GA) – An evacuation ordered is still in effect for the Moccasin Creek community. A flight restriction remains in effect for the southern end of the Bugaboo Fire.
Florida Bugaboo – I-10 closed periodically due to smoke east of Lake City.
Bugaboo Scrub (GA) – Continued line building along the swamp edge break and perimeter road. Plans for the western area include structure protection, fuel mitigation, and line construction.
Florida Bugaboo – Construct and hold lines in all divisions. Structure protection.
Bugaboo Scrub (GA) – Projected incident movement/spread during the next period is west and southeast. Projections for the western area include potential for significant spread due to continued high temperatures, gusty winds and low humidities.
Bugaboo Scrub (GA) – High to extreme
Florida Bugaboo – Extreme
Bugaboo Scrub (GA) – High
Florida Bugaboo – Medium
Containment and control efforts will be dependent on a significant rain event.
Bugaboo Scrub (GA) – Of the total acreage 118,643 acres are in Georgia and 10,447 acres in Florida. All critical needs and costs to date are included in the Big Turnaround complex ICS-209 since the Big Turnaround resources are taking action on the Bugaboo Scrub fire. The Bugaboo Scrub fire is now moving off of federal wilderness and refuge areas managed by the Southern Area Red Team. The fire is now entering private and industry land in Georgia. Once this fire moved off of federal property, the Lone Star State IMT (Hannemann) assumed management of these areas on state and private property on behalf of the Georgia Forestry Commission.
Florida Bugaboo – Fire is also in Columbia County.
|Current Wind Conditions||5 mph NE|
|Current Temperature||86 degrees|
|Current Humidity||45 %|
|Forecasted Wind Conditions||12 mph NE|
|Forecasted Temperature||85 degrees|
|Forecasted Humidity||40 %|