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Wildfire jumps containment area

FOLKSTON, GA (WTOC) - A Georgia wildfire in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge has jumped fire control breaks 50 to 100 feet wide and spread to private land. 

The wildfire was contained inside the swamp until Sunday night. The wildfire has burned more than 96 square miles since a lightning strike sparked the blaze April 28.

No communities are in immediate danger, but tinder-dry conditions in the Okefenokee have helped the flames spread at rates as fast as 3 mph. The fire has consumed 44,000 acres.

The last major fire in the swamp came in 2007 when more than 500,000 acres burned.

All boating has been suspended and one of the state parks has been closed until the fire is under control.

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