The Honey-Prairie Complex Fire, a lightning-caused wildfire in northern Georgia, has been burning since April 30. On the Florida border, this nearly 300,000-acre fire affects the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and surrounding communities.
As firefighters have worked to contain the fire, a national Wildland Fire Prevention Education Team has been deployed among the state and federal agencies to reach out to citizens with wildfire safety messages. Such teams are mobilized when there are severe burning conditions and extra precautions and preparedness are warranted.
In Georgia, the deployed team has planned and executed successful outreach focused on Firewise messages along with traditional fire prevention messages. Eric Mosley of the Georgia Forestry Commission has been documenting the team’s successful strategies, including a fuel reduction demonstration project, Firewise billboards, tours of the fire area for local officials, and notices in church bulletins.