Posted: Thursday, February 7th 2013 at 3:05pm
Forest fire chars large acreage north of Clarkesville
By Rob Moore Editor
CLARKESVILLE – Georgia Forestry Commission officials are continuing to calculate the size of a large woods fire that burned north of Clarkesville Wednesday afternoon and night.
Habersham County Assistant Fire Chief Jason Davey said a resident of Hayden Ridge was burning hedge clippings around broom straw and it caught the grass on fire.
“The homeowner said he got the fire contained twice, but the wind kept blowing it out of control,” Davey said. “He said he waited almost an hour before calling 9-1-1.”
Fire trucks and personnel from Habersham County stations 16 (Amy’s Creek), 11 (Fairfield), and 8 (Batesville) protected structures – including homes – in the Hayden Ridge, Piedmont Mountain and Ivy Mountain areas.
“He did not have a burn permit for whatever reason,” Davey said.
Davey said GFC utilized two plows, an observation airplane, and a helicopter with water bucket to bring the fire under control.
“The fire was really challenging due to the terrain and the homes that were around,” said Chief Ranger Sr. Shannon Dean of GFC’s Habersham-Rabun-Stephens-White district office in Clarkesville. “But we got the fire contained with no incidents.”
The fire was estimated at considerably more than 25 acres, though the official amount of land area burned will not be available from GFC until early next week.
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