Three members of the Delaware Forest Service wildfire fighting crew left today, June 17, to help battle a blaze that has burned for seven weeks in Georgia.


Three members of the Delaware Forest Service wildfire fighting crew left today, June 17, to help battle a blaze that has burned for seven weeks in Georgia.

The fire in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge has scorched almost 200,000 acres, according to a Delaware Forest Service press release.

Glenn Gladders of Dover, Guy Cooper of Millville and Mike Sethman of Middletown prepared the Delaware Forest Service's engine truck before leaving for Georgia as part of a two-week assignment.

They're headed for the wildlife refuge which is located near Fargo, Georgia just north of the Florida state line.

They will be helping to control and extinguish the “Honey Prairie Fire,” which is approximately 49% contained as of June 17. It was first reported on April 28.

Delaware’s three-man firefighting crew is scheduled to return on July 3. 

More information on the wildfire is available at:

Honey Prairie Fire update - http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2214/

National Fire Service - http://www.nifc.gov/