TheWest Mims fire that started April 6, 2017, is out. Very few areas that can be viewed from the water have been affected or burnt. So it is almost like it never happened, the majority of the East entrance remain untouched from the 2017 fire. All the buildings, tours and exhibits are open, it is almost like it never happened. The majority of the fire area can be viewed from Rt94 West of St. George or from some of the canoe trails between the East Entrance and Steven Foster State Park.
Fire at this place is healthy, beneficial and a very normal occurrence for the Okefenokee Swamp. We have some fires here in the swamp every year. The most recent big fires will greatly improve aquatic and upland habitats and the overall long term health of the Okefenokee ecosystem.