North Georgia Fires Update: Sunday, November 20th


(WDEF) – The Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC) responded to six fires in North Georgia yesterday, utilizing a total of 156 resources.

This includes 45 Georgia Department of Corrections resources, 24 Georgia Department of Natural Resources personnel, and 87 GFC employees. In addition, there are local GFC resources as well as assistance from the County and Fire Department.

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The fire on Tatum Gulf (2336 acres) on Lookout Mountain that joined with the Cloverdale Fire (500 acres) and is 65% contained. The total fire acreage should not increase and no evacuations are expected. According to the GFC, The firebreak on the north end of this fire is of most concern. The fire lines held effectively yesterday, but will be tested again when considering the strong winds and very low humidity. Crews have conducted a burnout and mop-up activates continue.

The Creek Road fire in Dade County (72 acres) is 99% contained and in a hold and monitor phase.

This fire at Irwin Mill Road in Gordon County (107 acres) is 99% contained. There are 5 homes in the immediate area, but no structural damage is expected. Resources will continue to monitor.

The Treat Mountain fire in Polk County (558 acre) is 99% contained. Personnel are cleaning out existing firebreaks, but there were two new starts near this fire. This brings the total number of fires in this area to 5. The first of yesterday’s new starts is 1 acre and 100% contained. The second (Bell Road fire) is an estimated 400 acres and is 30% contained. Crews will be working on the new starts to ensure lines hold and mop-up continues.

Concerning previous fires that still require activity from the GFC are as follows:

The Tower fire located in Dade County (170 acres in size) and is 100% contained. Resources are monitoring and cleaning out existing firebreaks.

The Rocky Face fire in Whitfield County (590 acres) is 100% contained. Personnel are monitoring.

The fire on the Brow in Dade County (175 acres) is 100% contained. Fire crews are cleaning out firebreaks, if needed, and also monitoring.

The Fox Mountain fire in Dade County (2083 acres) is 100% contained. Monitoring is underway, as are cleaning out existing firebreaks.

The Rough Ridge fire being managed by the U.S. Forest Service continues to grow in size. The GFC is working with the Forest Service to track the fire’s progress and identify areas that may be at risk. This fire size is reported at 27,870 acres and more information can be obtained by contacting the U.S. Forest Service at 470-208-2839 or e-mail

The Rock Mountain Fire in Rabun County is being worked by the U.S. Forest Service with a size at 9,545 acres. Questions about the Rabun Fire can be directed to the US Forest Service fire information center 541-490-0961.

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