Posted: Wednesday, November 28th 2012 at 12:52pm
Black Mountain fire close to being contained
By B.J. Williams Editor
Wildland firefighters emerge at Nimblewill Gap on the Appalachian Trail approach trail after a day of battling the Black Mountain Fire, November 27, 2012./Photo courtesy Judy Toppins/USDA Forest Service
UNDATED - A wildfire that broke out in the north Georgia mountains over the weekend is now 85% contained, according to officials with the U.S. Forest Service.
"We set up barriers with dozer lines, and used natural barriers such as streams and natural road beds," District Recreation Manager for the Blue Ridge Ranger District Valencia Morris said.
The fire burned about 215 acres in the Black and Springer Mountain areas of the Chattahoochee National Forest, but the containment area is bigger.
"Ultimately, once we have the fire fully contained, 455 acres will be inside the containment lines," Morris said.
Forest Service spokeswoman Judy Toppins said the fire could be completely contained by Thursday and trail and road closures could be lifted by Friday.
Toppins said no structures were ever threatened by the fire. In addition, she said Amicalola Falls State Park and Len Foote Hike Inn were not threatened, and visitors could safely travel to these locations.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
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