Georgia Wildfire Crosses into Florida; Residents Evacuated

Residents of a tiny community not far from the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge were ordered to evacuate Tuesday evening because of a wildfire that has consumed more than 100,000 acres of forest and swampland in southeast Georgia.

Authorities also evacuated about 300 homes in north Florida as that fire and another of about 40,000 acres continued to rage on the Georgia-Florida border. Florida officials warned that they might soon need help if the blazes grow out of control.

Officials said Charlton County schools will be closed tomorrow.

The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge has been closed to tourists and staff have evacuated as the largest recorded blaze in Georgia history neared part of the park that has served as a fire crew command post.

The two big fires burning in Georgia are about ten miles apart. The smaller already crossed the Florida line by Tuesday afternoon.