The Georgia Forestry Commission's Friday morning update:
It is going to be another busy day, with humidity expected to continue to be low, and drop below 20%. We are also expecting variable and gusting winds, especially starting tonight when the wind prevailing direction will most likely change to an east wind. These weather factors increase the probability of extreme fire behavior and increased fire control difficulty.
Yesterday [Thursday] and this morning GFC has responded to and extinguished 29 fires in the North GA area. We are also working on 3 active fires in the area. One on Treat Mountain near Cedartown and two on Lookout Mountain in Dade/Walker County. We are working on containment of these fires and keeping a watch for any more fire starts in the area.
Fox Mountain Fire continues to be closely watched and monitored as interior fire activity is picking up. Increased wind speeds the next few days are being planned for and crews are ready to respond if needed.
The fire which broke out on the Trail of Tears is being managed by the US Forest Service hand crew. Floyd County where this fire originated at now has a county issued,county-wide burn ban in place.
The Paulding County Airport Fire has been extinguished.
The Rough Ridge Fire being managed by the US Forest Service continues to grow in size and complexity. This fire can now be seen from many areas of North Georgia including the Conasauga River, and it is being closely worked and monitored by State, Federal, and local Agencies. Georgia Forestry Commission is working with US Forest Service to track the fire's progress, and identify areas that might be at risk so proactive measures can be taken well in advance. There is no imminent threat to any specific area and the Georgia Forestry Commission continues to be ready in the event a need arises. This fire is now over 10,000 acres and specific information can be obtained by contacting the US Forest Service. The Forest Service is also working a fire in Rabun County.
The Georgia Forestry Commission Fire Prevention Team has arrived in North Georgia and is working to assessneeds, and provide assistance if possible.