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As upwards of 725 firefighters battle the #WestMimsFire blaze in the Okefenokee Swamp, officials are asking residents and drivers to avoid the area in and around the evacuation zone.

Due to the large volume of trucks, tankers, and buses with volunteers, there is a considerable increase in traffic on the thoroughfares in the evacuated areas. The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge posted to their Facebook page, pleading with the public give plenty of space to the men and women working the areas.

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Hovering too close to the fire zone is dangerous for drivers, but also for emergency personnel who may need to flee the area quickly should the fire change directions or jump.

The nation’s largest firefighting plane was brought in Wednesday to offer assistance as the dry spell continues to stoke the fire.

To see how you can help the firefighters from anywhere in the region, click here.

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Jessica Szilagyi is statewide contributor for All On Georgia and Market Manager for Southeast Georgia. Her main focus with All On Georgia is state and local politics as well as agriculture. She’s served as a policy analyst at the State Capitol and as a campaign manager in political races across the state.

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