Massive Georgia Wildfires | Update 1

Updated 7:45 PM PDT

Fire Fact:  65 wildfires in Houston, Crawford and Peach Counties have occurred since July.  32 have ignited in October alone.

Since May 15, 2016, wildfires have been breaking out all over the State of Georgia with one starting in Glynn County, followed by another on May 31st.

Central Georgia residents, businesses, visitors and all others were reportedly told on August 5th that because of the drought to be easy on their activities in the outdoors.

Officially on September 26, 2016, their burn ban ended on this date but depending on current drought conditions, it could put a damper on new burn/fire permits.

Beginning in the month of October 2016 alone, massive wildfire reports have been released by the Georgia Forestry Commission.  Here is a small recap of such fire activities taking place in the State of Georgia:

October 16:  Rough Ridge Fire is started by lightning around 3:15 PM.

Rough Ridge Fire burns over 3,000 acres

There are currently 243 personnel assigned that have reached a 10% containment status.  About 4,319 acres have been destroyed.

Social Media: “The smoke is so thick is causing us not to be able to go outside.” – Twitter user

October 19:  Fires in Taylor and Houston Counties breakout.

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Fire Fact:  Wildfires are currently burning in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and North Carolina as of the date of this post.

October 22:  A 220-acre wildfire began on Johnson Mountain from a hunter’s fire for food that got out of control.

Georgia State Fact:  Georgia has approximately 9,158,960 miles of land and 60% of that area is forest land.

October 23:  GFC states the majority of the 41 fires this weekend, were caused by humans.

Fire Fact: “It is so dry out there, a single lit cigarette or some spark can start a wildfire.” – US Forest Service

October 24:  23 Wildfires break out just North of I-20.  Dry air is contributing to extremely dangerous fire behavior at night during fire operations.  Fire Rangers are said to be spread really thin due to all of the wildfires.

Fire Fact:   Residents are now reporting smoke in the Canton, Toccoa, Blairsville, Clarkesville, Batesville near Wild Cat Creek and Alec Mtn.  Smoke is too thick for those to go dog walking or being outside period.

October 27:  4 brush fires break out on Hwy 27 in Floyd County.  2 are put out by local FD and 2 are handled by GA Forestry Commission Firefighters.

Rough Ridge Fire (Courtesy: Inciweb)

Rough Ridge Fire (Courtesy: Inciweb)

October 30:  Presser says very HIGH Fire Danger (throughout months of September- October) yet GFC Firefighters ended up reciting the fire response numbers as responding to 92 fires since October 29.

Fire Fact:  In 2015, arson fires burned nearly 3,000 acres of Georgia’s pristine forests.

October 31:  Holly Springs Fire begins on this day in Cherokee County. 325 acres scarred.  2 homes are threatened.   Large number of wildfires are breaking out due to severe drought conditions. No rain in sight with dry and windy conditions with an increased fire threat throughout the weekend was broadcasted all over Social Media, mainstream news and in print.

Forest Fact:  1 acre of forest absorbs 6 Tons of Co2 per year and puts out 4 Tons of oxygen enough for 18 people!  That’s amazing and one reason we need to save our forests around us.

November 2:  Rocky Face Mtn Fire in the Cohutta Wilderness area on Chattahoochee National Forest lands. Fire crews from Dade County and GFC are working to snuff this fire out.  It is listed at 3,923 acres with a 10% containment status.  As of the date of this post, there are 243 fire personnel associated with this wildfire incident.

Fire Fact:  The State of Georgia’s neighbors include Florida, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee and North Carolina where other wildfires may be burning.

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Rocky Face Mtn Fire

November 6:  A new fire Raven Fire ignites on this day and the USFS reports that 3 Federal engines, 3 County engines, 2 Hot Shot crews and 1 helicopter are dispatched.  The fire has consumed 24 acres but has reached an 80% containment status.  The fire is located below Richard B. Russell Scenic Highway in the the Raven Cliffs Wilderness area above the Raven Cliffs Fall Trail on the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest lands.  It is less than one mile East of the Appalachian Trail where it crosses the Scenic Highway.  The area is said to be very steep and have rugged terrain.

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