Crews continue to fight the wildfire on Fox Mountain

Northeast Alabama
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DADE COUNTY, Ga. -  A crew of 80 people are working on the fire on Fox Mountain that started last Tuesday.  The Georgia Forestry Commission partnered with the U.S. Forest Service, The Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the Alabama Forestry Commission to providing a hand crew to work on putting the fire out.

"We had an initial fire up there which we contained. The winds picked up and started another fire which we're working on containing right now," says Joanna Warren, public affairs specialist.

Forestry officials say this fire is tricky because of the terrain on the mountain.

"It's very rocky up there. Normally we'd use dozers to come in and push the dirt, but because this mountain is so steep and so rocky we have to come in with hand crews," says Warren.

The fall season and leaves falling from the trees are another burden forest commissions have to deal with.

"If leaves then fall on top of it that area can be re-burned again. The fire can come back over it and burn those leaves."

There are a few homes on Fox Mountain but they are not in any immediate danger.  Crews have mapped out containment lines in between those homes and the fire.

"The homes are certainly not in any immediate danger. And we do not have any evacuations in place."

Those living near Fox Mountain should not be concerned as they work to control this fire, although it will take some time to put out.

"It has certainly not rained in a while, and there's very little rain in the forecast. So because of the size and the terrain it could possibly go into next week or later."

Officials as that those traveling on I-59 remain cautious.  Smoke from the fire at night can cause a safety hazard.

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