Brunswick – Yesterday morning I went down to Folkston to see if I could hear any communications from the West Mims Fire in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge along the Georgia/Florida line. The fire is currently 36,050 acres and 4% contained with 435 personnel assigned (as of 23 April 2017). They’re not expecting any substantial rain to help conditions until June and they don’t expect containment until November. Both federal and state forestry units are involved in fighting the fire; activity was heard on:
167.125 (PL 156.7) – Okefenokee NWR
170.525 (PL 192.8) – Osceola National Forest Admin (Thanks to Jeff, KM4RML for the ID!)
159.465 (DCS 054) – Georgia Forestry District 12 Repeater
I wasn’t close enough to hear any simplex activity from fire and due to the time of the morning the aviation assets probably weren’t up yet. Based on what I’ve seen online, there are both fixed wing tankers and helicopters working the fire. You can follow the fire via several sources:
I’ll post updates if I can find any more frequencies or monitoring information. In the meantime, if you’re in the area, you can try the frequencies in this post from the 2011 fires. If any of my readers hears anything to add to the list, please let me know and I’ll add it to future posts.