YORK COUNTY --
The skies in York County, North Carolina, are filled with smoke this morning that is likely coming from a massive wildfire in Georgia, state forestry officials say.
The blaze has consumed nearly 300,000 acres in the Honey Prairie Fire Complex. The area includes Georgia's Okefenokee Swamp.
The wildfire started due to lightening strike April 30. In the past 24 hours the fire area increased northward by 1,000 acres due to winds from storms in the area, according to an inter-agency website called InciWeb.
"We've seen the smoke...affect a number of counties throughout the state over the last 10 days," said Adam Myrick, spokesman from the S.C. Department of Health and the Environment.
Wind direction, fire direction, and containment of the fire can change quickly, he said. Officials warn that the smoke can irritate the eyes, throat, and lungs, and worsen existing respiratory problems. They urge people to stay indoors in the air-conditioning if they can.
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