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Brush fire on Rocky Face Mountain near Dalton contained

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Story by Megan Boatwright

Eyewitness News Reporter

DALTON, GA. (WRCB)-- Fireworks may have started a large brush fire burning in north Georgia.

Fire officials have now contained the fire on top of Rocky Face Mountain.

It's been burning since Sunday night.

The fire supervisor I talked to says the heat index and low humidity since this weekend could have caused left over fireworks' embers to smolder and then spark.

Tuesday crews secured a containment line and worked to put out hotspots.

"It's very steep and rocky easy to loose your footing," says Brian Boyd of the Georgia Forestry Commission.

From the top of Rocky Face Mountain Brad Ridley can't even see the crews he's directing right below.

"We're still trying to find the point of origin where the fire started. We think it's on the top and it's backing it's way down the ridge," says Brad Ridley, also of the Georgia Forestry Commission.

But with help from 250 gallon water drops and ground crews, Ridley says they are making progress.

"Just chopped down a little a little brush and rack it out of the way trying to make a four foot path to keep the fire from jumping," says Ridley.

By far the most difficult part about the fire is the terrain. After two days of work, crews pretty much have it contained. The underbrush is still smoldering.

Meanwhile for the suburbs at the foot of the mountain, what's happening at above is hard to miss.

"The helicopters are going off and over and off and back and forth and very often," says resident Fay Seigele.

Steady plumes of smoke continue to rise throughout the day proving that while the fire is almost extinguished, these men still have hours and days of work ahead of them.

"Helicopter drops have helped a lot. The sun's not helping any, but we're making it," says Boyd.

The fire has been named the "Disney Fire" for a man who is buried on Rocky Face Mountain.

It covers less than 10 acres.

Georgia forestry plans to have ground crews and bulldozers out again Wednesday.


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