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Tuesday June 30th, 2015 10:33AM

Firefighters working wildfire in Chattahoochee forest

By Derreck Booth Anchor/reporter
U.S. Forest Service and other partner agencies are working a 215-acre wildfire in the Chattahoochee National Forest.

According to the forest service, the blaze was near the Black Mountain and Springer Mountain areas of the forest near the Dawson, Gilmer, Fannin and Lumpkin County lines.

A response team has been mobilized, including the local U.S. Forest Service and crews from a neighboring national forest. Partners including Georgia Forestry Commission, Lumpkin County Fire Department and Georgia Department of Natural Resources were assisting.

"They are building fire lines, identifying areas where they can remove fuels that will keep the fire contained within identified areas," Forest service spokeswoman Judy Toppins said.

If you live in the area, you may notice helicopters overhead.

"We do have some eyes in the sky, and we're doing some bucket drops with the chopper as well," Toppins said.

Officials said no structures were being threatened by the fire. They said it was not threatening Amicalola Falls State Park or Len Foote Hike Inn.

The first report came Saturday night, according to the forest service. Officials are looking for the cause.

A temporary closure was impacting the Appalachian Trail approach trail from its crossing on forest road 28-2 at Nimblewill Gap to the Springer Mountain trailhead parking area on forest road 42, including the Black Mountain trail shelter. Forest road 46 was also temporarily closed between Nimblewill Gap and High Shoals Church Road.
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