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West Mims wildfire spreads to 140,000 acres

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The West Mims Fire is currently about 140,000 acres and 12 percent contained, authorities said Monday.

More resources are being deployed to fight the fire, which is five-and-a-half miles long.

There are 624 personnel using 10 helicopters, 59 wildland fire engines, five bulldozers, 37 tractor plows, two 20-person hotshot crews, and various overhead and support positions to fight the fire.

Smoke from the fire was visible over large portions of Jacksonville over the weekend, with reports of ash raining down from the sky.

#WestMimsFire. #Okefenokee No words.... taken 15 minutes ago on Highway 94

Posted by Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge on Monday, May 8, 2017

Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh said smoke will shift to Nassau and Baker County Tuesday through Thursday.

The majority of the thick smoke from the West Mims fire will be north and west of Jacksonville through Friday.

West Mims fire crosses Hwy 94

WEST MIMS FIRE: More video from when the West Mims Fire crossed Hwy 94 on Monday afternoon in Southeast Georgia. Latest updates: http://bit.ly/2qUv0nE | Photos: http://bit.ly/2qU406W

Posted by Action News Jax on Monday, May 8, 2017
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