Forestry Officials Battle Brush Fire

Forestry Officials Battle Brush Fire

There are 135 comments on the WXIA-TV Atlanta story from Nov 8, 2007, titled Forestry Officials Battle Brush Fire. In it, WXIA-TV Atlanta reports that:

United States Forestry officials were fighting a brush fire Wednesday afternoon through Thursday morning in the area of Young Harris and Hiawassee in Towns County. via WXIA-TV Atlanta

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Class of 1948

United States

#1 Nov 9, 2007
Did they get it out yet?
sunshine

Maysville, GA

#2 Nov 9, 2007
Class of 1948 wrote:
Did they get it out yet?
i dont think so but you can go to the local radio station www.951.FM and it tells info. about it
dont need a job

Homer, GA

#3 Nov 9, 2007
I have seen for days and even today a helicopter working diligently to put the fire out. Seems they get it under more control during the day and then thru the night the fire flares back up. The helicopter about every 15 minutes is flying water up on the mountain and dropping it over the fire. From the Young Harris side it looks like several different spots are burning.
Shirl

Twinsburg, OH

#4 Nov 9, 2007
Not yet. APparantly, there are about 100 folk out there from Forest Service and Fire Dept working on it. I live off 288 in H'wassee and smoke has been travelling thru there for the last coupla hours. Progress unknown.
dont need a job

Homer, GA

#5 Nov 9, 2007
sunshine wrote:
<quoted text>i dont think so but you can go to the local radio station www.951.FM and it tells info. about it
It's still burning. They are dropping water on it by helicopter but from Young Harris it looks like several fires in different spots.
Class of 1948

United States

#6 Nov 9, 2007
One of the articles said it was ignited by humans. Someone near the scene said that it looked like it may have been intentionally started by someone who knows about fire.
worried

Maysville, GA

#7 Nov 9, 2007
I live on Hog Creek and it is starting to really worry me. We had ash on our cars this morning and the smoke is so bad that it is causing some breathing problems. I have been told that the Hog Creek area is safe for now, that they have a fire break protecting us and I have also heard that we may be asked to evacuate. We need to pray that something is done soon so that no one loses their homes. Pray for the firefighters that they may remain safe.
I FLY

Northfield, OH

#8 Nov 9, 2007
Any way to post a picture on this. I flew over a little while ago and have some good pics.
Class of 1948

United States

#9 Nov 9, 2007
You can post them for free on www.photobucket.com and put the links here.

Thank you. I'm sure everyone would appreciate it.
worried

Maysville, GA

#10 Nov 9, 2007
I FLY wrote:
Any way to post a picture on this. I flew over a little while ago and have some good pics.
How does it look from the air? Does it seem to be contained? I really do not like the fire getting this close to my home.
Class of 1948

United States

#11 Nov 9, 2007
you could post them to photobucket and put a link here...
LIFETIME

Macedonia, OH

#12 Nov 9, 2007
they just said on the news that about 30% contained. it is hard to breathe out there and i have bad lungs to
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Homer, GA

#13 Nov 9, 2007
Also I think fox 5 ran a story on it. They said that is was 30-40 % contained. The fire involves about 150 acres of forestry land and they are keeping it contained within margins to prevent any threats to structures. They have called in 30 more fire fighters and they said to that tommorrow will be windy so that might create some problems. They said tonight it may seem very smoky as they are using a process to control the fire that will make it look worse than it is from the ground. So not to worry if it looks worse tonight this is part of their strategy.

Since: Oct 07

Hiawassee

#14 Nov 9, 2007
dont need a job wrote:
Also I think fox 5 ran a story on it. They said that is was 30-40 % contained. The fire involves about 150 acres of forestry land and they are keeping it contained within margins to prevent any threats to structures. They have called in 30 more fire fighters and they said to that tommorrow will be windy so that might create some problems. They said tonight it may seem very smoky as they are using a process to control the fire that will make it look worse than it is from the ground. So not to worry if it looks worse tonight this is part of their strategy.
How close to Young Harris College is it?
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Homer, GA

#15 Nov 9, 2007
Its to the left of the college up on the top of one of the mountains behind. It also looks like a spot is burning down below it too. I haven't heard how far but during such a severe drought, anything can happen. The news said that they have it contained and it just involves forestry land as I said but tommorrow will be difficult because we will have a cold front moving in with some winds. Humidity is at 32% I believe. The reporter did say he hopes this doesn't turn into another incident like in South Ga. It's so dry. On the hiawassee side of the fire, it is affecting residence that live near it off Sunnyside. The some is cascading down that side too and hanging down in the valley every morning. I believe it is burning on both sides of the mountain, because you can see by the smoke plumes.
worried

Maysville, GA

#16 Nov 9, 2007
microwave wrote:
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How close to Young Harris College is it?
I went over to the college this morning and it is coming down the mountain there. I do not know how close it is now.
dont need a job

Homer, GA

#17 Nov 9, 2007
I meant to say the smoke is cascading down that side too ahd hanging down in the valley where there are homes. Residences are complaining of the heavy smoke smell. No residences are in close range however, I read one report where a residence was within a 1/4 from the fire towards the top, but has not been affected. The wind direction is blowing south from the looks of it.
Shirl

Twinsburg, OH

#18 Nov 9, 2007
Went for a walk tonite off Sunnyside...Woooo is it smoky! Thanks for the info here!

Since: Oct 07

Hiawassee

#19 Nov 9, 2007
Is anyone doing anything to help the firefighters? They must be exhausted by now and could probably use a cold Coke, something to eat, a chair, something to help keep them going. We owe 'em!

Where do I report?
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Homer, GA

#20 Nov 9, 2007
You might could call the Young Harris Fire Department. I am sure if you showed up at the station on a cold night with a big pot of chili or some hot homemade soup, they would not reject that. It's a good idea. Maybe someone can co-ordinate some goodies and gather the items at one locale and arrange to present them to the fire house. You probably would make some new friends quickly! Hot Chocolate would probably be good for the cold nights. I don't know how long they are working thru the night but I am sure if you call they can tell you more information. They are super and protecting us and trying to save the land from disfigurement.

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