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Waterbuffalo
11-10-2007, 15:08
This is a little west of Dicks Creek Gap on US 76

Cedar Knob Fire Information
Chattahoochee National Forest, Georgia
November 10, 2007 11:00 a.m.
Wildfire Name: – Cedar Knob Fire – Towns County
Location – about 2 miles east of Young Harris, proximity of Cedar Knob north to Rocky Knob
Approximate Size – estimated at 320 acres burned, most of active fire is on National Forest lands
Firefighters are battling a 320 acre wildfire on National Forest lands and private land in Towns County, Georgia. The fire, known as the Cedar Knob Fire, started on Wednesday, November 7th about mid-day. The terrain is very steep and rocky and containment has been difficult. Current estimates for containment are 60%. Crews are working to build a line around the blaze using 5 bulldozers and approximately 100 fire fighters (these include Forest Service, Georgia Forestry Commission and out of state crews). Two helicopters are working on the fire during daylight hours.
The Towns County Fire Department is on alert for structure protection on private lands. No homes are considered threatened at this time and no evacuation is recommended at this point for homeowners. Residents who have questions about the safety of their property are encouraged to contact their local Fire Marshall or County Fire Department.
Aggressive fire behavior on Friday forced ground crews to temporarily retreat in one area during the afternoon. Friday evening fire crews burned out an area of National Forest system lands near Young Harris to make the area safe and lessen fire activity in that area. This burn out activity will enable today’s firefighting efforts to focus on other areas where lines are needed.
Today, November 10th, fire fighters will be aggressively working on the North and South sides of the fire digging hand line and dozer line to contain the fire.
The Miller Trek Hiking Trail has been closed until the fire is contained.
Fire danger remains extremely high due to the drought conditions and the beginning of leaf fall. Fire managers stress the importance of local homeowners taking precautions around their property to prevent fire and to be alert to conditions in their local neighborhood. Recommendations include removing firewood adjacent to buildings and blowing downed leaves from yards to maintain a defensible space in case of wildfire. For additional information on protecting your home from wildfire, go to www.firewise.org.
For current information about the fire situation, check out the Forest Service internet website at www.fs.fed.us/conf or call the U.S. Forest Service Fire Information Office (770-297-3061).

galaleemc
11-10-2007, 22:55
A little late, but a little different info



It is REALLY smoky here near Dick's Creek Gap has been for about two days. The burn tonight made it worse, hopfully they have that under control.



-----Original Message-----
From: Alan Polk [mailto:apolk@fs.fed.us]
Sent: Friday, November 09, 2007 4:30 PM
To: townscoc@brmemc.net (townscoc@brmemc.net)
Subject: Forest Service Fire Update


Please circulate --- Thanks Alan

(See attached file: Forest Service Updat1.doc)



Alan Polk, District Ranger
Blue Ridge Ranger District
Chattahoochee National Forest
Hwy. 515
Blairsville, GA 30512
Phone: 706-745-6928
Cell: 706-835-7320
Forest Service Update

Crow Knob Fire

November 9, 2007

4 p.m


The Crow Mountain Fire is located in Towns County between Young Harris, Ramey Mountain, and Hog Creek communities. This fire is being fought by a combination of US Forest Service personnel and Georgia Forestry Commission personnel. These personnel are trained in wildland fire suppression.

On Friday, there are three crews assigned to the fire and two helicopters. Forest Service officials have ordered additional crews to assist on Saturday. On Friday there were more than 50 firefighters on the scene and this number will increase on Saturday to more than 75. In addition, two helicopters will continue taking suppression activities Saturday.

Fire officials are planning to burn out sections of the constructed line and active fire this evening, between 6 and 8 p.m., to ensure the area on the west front near Young Harris is safe. This will produce more smoke for the evening hours, but once the burnout is complete it will enable firefighters to concentrate on other areas on Saturday.

Forest Service officials will be working around the clock to accomplish the goal of containing the fire on National Forest.

Ron Haven
11-11-2007, 15:03
This is a little west of Dicks Creek Gap on US 76

Cedar Knob Fire Information
Chattahoochee National Forest, Georgia
November 10, 2007 11:00 a.m.
Wildfire Name: – Cedar Knob Fire – Towns County
Location – about 2 miles east of Young Harris, proximity of Cedar Knob north to Rocky Knob
Approximate Size – estimated at 320 acres burned, most of active fire is on National Forest lands
Firefighters are battling a 320 acre wildfire on National Forest lands and private land in Towns County, Georgia. The fire, known as the Cedar Knob Fire, started on Wednesday, November 7th about mid-day. The terrain is very steep and rocky and containment has been difficult. Current estimates for containment are 60%. Crews are working to build a line around the blaze using 5 bulldozers and approximately 100 fire fighters (these include Forest Service, Georgia Forestry Commission and out of state crews). Two helicopters are working on the fire during daylight hours.
The Towns County Fire Department is on alert for structure protection on private lands. No homes are considered threatened at this time and no evacuation is recommended at this point for homeowners. Residents who have questions about the safety of their property are encouraged to contact their local Fire Marshall or County Fire Department.
Aggressive fire behavior on Friday forced ground crews to temporarily retreat in one area during the afternoon. Friday evening fire crews burned out an area of National Forest system lands near Young Harris to make the area safe and lessen fire activity in that area. This burn out activity will enable today’s firefighting efforts to focus on other areas where lines are needed.
Today, November 10th, fire fighters will be aggressively working on the North and South sides of the fire digging hand line and dozer line to contain the fire.
The Miller Trek Hiking Trail has been closed until the fire is contained.
Fire danger remains extremely high due to the drought conditions and the beginning of leaf fall. Fire managers stress the importance of local homeowners taking precautions around their property to prevent fire and to be alert to conditions in their local neighborhood. Recommendations include removing firewood adjacent to buildings and blowing downed leaves from yards to maintain a defensible space in case of wildfire. For additional information on protecting your home from wildfire, go to www.firewise.org (http://www.firewise.org).
For current information about the fire situation, check out the Forest Service internet website at www.fs.fed.us/conf (http://www.fs.fed.us/conf) or call the U.S. Forest Service Fire Information Office (770-297-3061).I was on Wayah Bald this morning and the fire that was burning below on rd 1310 had been extinguished.Lots of black ground.

Wonder
11-11-2007, 15:39
So sad......I hope no one was hurt

Nearly Normal
11-11-2007, 23:02
You would think with all the "wildfire news" lately the powers that be would begin using some of their emergency management funding for prescribed controlled burns for prevention.
Only proper land management can prevent wildfire.

Nearly Normal

galaleemc
11-12-2007, 14:17
Hi to All
I just spoke directly to Alan Polk and the fire is contained. They will continue to keep a crew of 60+ fire fighters managing it for the next couple of days, scaling back to 30-40 towards the end of the week. A total of 790 acres were burned, with the vast majority of that being US Forest Service land. No privately owned structures were destroyed. It will continue to be smoky for the next couple of days.
Alan and all of the firefighters, both US Forest Service and Towns County, are to be commended for the great job they have done! He is communicating with the Chamber on a daily basis with updates, so please let me know if you have additional questions.

Have a good week, Dale