State of Georgia Wildfires | Update 2

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Wildfires Summary

Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, North and South Carolinas are literally feeling the heat as wildfires work to destroy hundreds, if not thousands of pristine acres of forested lands all over their States.

This post covers wildfires in the State of Georgia.  Please see our other posts on additional states, such as North Carolina and South Carolina.  Due to so many fires, we are adding them as time allows.

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Rock Mountain Fire

Credit: ChattOconee National Forest

The Rock Mountain Fire was ignited by an unknown human-caused source on November 9th.  It is located on the Talulaha River Road, in the Straw Mountain Area in the Nantahala Wilderness in Georgia.

Credit: ChattOconee National Forest

The fire has destroyed 9,382 acres of mixed hardwood with scattered conifers and brush.  Fire behavior is showing to be moving North, East and South and further into the Nantahala Wilderness, as well as into the State of North Carolina.

Residents in the following areas are under a pre-evacuation order:

  • Patterson Gap
  • Kodiak
  • Hop N So Lane
  • Tanhell Lane
  • Betty’s Creek
  • Tom Wilson
  • Byes Lane
  • High Darnell Road
  • Almond Lane
  • Outback Lane
  • Hambidge Court
  • Messer Creek Road
  • Scottarosa Lane
  • Willow Lane
  • Red Bird Lane
  • Asa Cove Lane
  • Barkers Creek Lane
  • Big Creek Road
  • Andy’s Trout Farm Lane
  • Hazel Lane
  • Mimosa Lane
  • Bob Justice Lane
  • Mongolia Lane

If evacuations go in effect, a Shelter will open at Liberty Baptist Church located at 2206 Bridge Creek Road in Tiger, Georgia.  All in these areas should be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice.  It is highly recommended not to stay behind as you put first responders and yourself in grave danger.

Video taken during Reconnaissance Flight of Rock Mountain Fire

Recon flight over the fire. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

Fire crews have reached a 30% containment status.

Weather has been in the 70’s with the RH at 20-25% and winds from the SW from 4-8 mph.

There are 482 personnel assigned along with Incident Cooperators from the Rabun County Emergency Management agency and Towns County Sheriffs Office.

Social Media tags are #RockMountainFire #GaWILDFIRE #RabunCountyGAFire #Wildfires

Rough Ridge Fire

The Rough Ridge Fire started on October 16th from lightning striking the area and igniting this wildfire.  The fire is located in the Cohutta Wilderness, 13 miles west of Blue Ridge, Georgia.

Rough Ridge Fire burns the understory in the Cohutta Wilderness.

Fire burning the understory. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

Southern California Incident Management Team 1 (assumed Command at 0600 AM today) is located at 815 N. 3rd Street in Chattsworth, Georgia.

There has been 27,004 acres of pine, hardwood tree tops and mixed shrubs, with hardwood leaf litter as the primary vegetation destroyed.  Crews have reached a 40% containment status.

There is currently 243 personnel assigned along with Incident Cooperators from the Fannin County Emergency Management agency and the Fannin County Fire Department.  Resources include 3 crews, 2 helicopters, 7 engines, 4 water tenders and 2 dozers.

Crews will continue to monitor, patrol, and extinguishing hot spots within 100 feet of the containment line in all divisions as future planned fire activities.

Hashtags for this fire are #RoughRidgeFire #GaWILDFIRE

Timber Ridge Fire

The Timber Ridge started on November 12th from an unknown source, located South of Clayton, Georgia and East of Tiger, Georgia where 888 acres of hardwood litter begging leaf fall under extreme drought conditions have been consumed.

Fire crews have reached a 95% containment status with the 36 personnel assigned to this incident.

Currently, the fire is in a patrol and monitor status as it minimal, smoldering and creeping. Mop-up operations are in effect.

Hashtags for this incident are #TimberRidgeFire #GaWILDFIRE

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