How you can help firefighters battling Okefenokee wildfire

Donations being accepted in NE Florida, SE Georgia for firefighters


ST. GEORGE, Ga. – As the West Mims wildfire continues to rage through the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in Georgia, firefighters battling the blaze continue to need supplies.

Kingsland, St. Marys and Camden County firefighters need the following:

  • Bottled water
  • Gatorade
  • Baby wipes
  • Bug spry
  • Non-perishable snacks
  • Bandanas
  • Large paper towels
  • Ice coolers
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Sunscreen
  • Wash cloths

VIEW: How you can help firefighters or make a donation

New Berlin Elementary School is collecting donations all week for the rescue workers battling the West Mims Fire. Items being collected include Gatorade, bug spray, sunscreen, bottled water, and pocket-sized snacks like granola bars. Donations can be dropped off in the front office of the school at 3613 New Berlin Road, Jacksonville, FL 32226.

Donations can also be delivered to Charlton County Station 1 in Folkston, Georgia (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.), directly to the Church of God in State Road 94 in St. George or to any fire station in Charlton County.

The St. George Church of God at one point said it had too many donations. For those who want to help, call the church at 912-843-2285 before dropping anything off.

For more information, call Brian Rauls at 904-504-3631 or Miss Wilson at 912-222-5031.

Funds can be donated to local fire departments, food banks, churches and schools, to OWL (Okefenokee Wildlife League), the refuge's friend's group, or to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation, which supports families of fallen firefighters.

Tracy O'Neal has offered a horse trailer to help remove any livestock from the evacuation areas and a small pasture to house a few animals. To contact O'Neal, email toneal@centurionofFL.com or call 904-364-6603.