RISING FAWN, Ga. – Firefighters in two states are working arduously to put out a growing wildfire near the Alabama/Georgia state line.
According to Wendy Burnett, Public Relations Director with the Georgia Forestry Commission, the wildfire began on October 4. The exact number of acres this fire has burned is not known, but estimates are higher than 1,500 acres in Georgia alone.
After being contained for some time, the fire spread again, crossing the state line into DeKalb County. Fire Operations Chief Balsie Butler, with the Alabama Forestry Commission, says at least 1,000 acres have been charred in DeKalb County.
Forestry Commission officials have relocated resources like water trucks and tractors from south Alabama to DeKalb County in order to try and get this fire under control.
The Alabama Forestry Commission issued a Fire Danger Alert for 46 counties earlier this week, an upgrade to the Fire Danger Warning which had been in place. In some counties and cities, outdoor burning has already been banned. A statewide ban issued by the Forestry Commission may come down later this week according to officials.
Even if outdoor burning has not been banned where you live, it is “extremely discouraged.” Current weather conditions combined with the ongoing drought mean fires can start easily and spread very quickly.