published Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Okefenokee Swamp fire extinguished

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    In this file photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Honey Prairie fire is seen burning in the Okefenokee Swamp in southeast Georgia.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

A wildfire that burned more than 483 square miles of the Okefenokee Swamp in south Georgia has been declared extinguished nearly a year after it started.

Rangers at the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge said Tuesday they're confident the blaze burned itself out after recent dry weather with low humidity and gusty winds failed to rekindle the blaze.

The Honey Prairie Fire was ignited on April 28 last year by a lightning strike in the swamp. It burned 309,200 acres near the Georgia-Florida state line.

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