The West Mims fire has burned in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge for a month, but the blaze isn’t threatening much outside the swamp right now.

It has grown to more than 110,000 acres and is less than 10 percent contained, but it has not jumped the swamp boundary. Actually, the fire can bring some ecological benefits to the swamp, which depends on periodic fires to maintain a balance.

A lightning strike about a month ago started the fire, which was being battled by almost 500 firefighters this week. 

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