partlycloudy
Monday August 3rd, 2015 1:17PM

Black Mountain fire close to being contained

By B.J. Williams News Director
Related Articles
UNDATED - A wildfire that broke out in the north Georgia mountains over the weekend is now 85% contained, according to officials with the U.S. Forest Service.

"We set up barriers with dozer lines, and used natural barriers such as streams and natural road beds," District Recreation Manager for the Blue Ridge Ranger District Valencia Morris said.

The fire burned about 215 acres in the Black and Springer Mountain areas of the Chattahoochee National Forest, but the containment area is bigger.

"Ultimately, once we have the fire fully contained, 455 acres will be inside the containment lines," Morris said.

Forest Service spokeswoman Judy Toppins said the fire could be completely contained by Thursday and trail and road closures could be lifted by Friday.

Toppins said no structures were ever threatened by the fire. In addition, she said Amicalola Falls State Park and Len Foote Hike Inn were not threatened, and visitors could safely travel to these locations.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
© Copyright 2015 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Couch names administrative team
Ahead of his scheduled swearing in Friday, Hall County Sheriff-elect Gerald Couch named his top administrative team Monday.
6:28PM ( 2 years ago )
Tech beats Southern California in Sun Bowl
Tevin Washington threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score to help Georgia Tech beat Southern California 21-7 on Monday in the Sun Bowl.
5:54PM ( 2 years ago )
Hall Co. officials launch health-based initiative for employees
Hall County officials believe healthy county employees will be of greater service to the county. With that in mind, they have created a health-based fitness initiative to provide free fitness training for county workers.
5:46PM ( 2 years ago )
Local/State News
Auburn man charged in fatal hit-and-run in Buford
An Auburn man faces charges in connection with a fatal hit-and-run accident that killed 24-year-old motorcyclist Scott Mosely.
12:54PM ( 23 minutes ago )
Car crashes into Lawrenceville business; driver seriously injured
One person is listed in serious condition after crashing a car through the front of a picture framing business in Lawrenceville Monday morning.
12:33PM ( 44 minutes ago )
Man charged with DUI in fiery crash in northwest Hall County
A Marietta man has been charged with drunk driving in a two-vehicle crash that injured four people Sunday night in northwest Hall County.
By AccessWDUN Staff
11:43AM ( 1 hour ago )
Boil water advisory issued for some Mt. Airy customers
The Town of Mt. Airy is experiencing a water outage for all customers north of the Old Schoolhouse on Dicks Hill Parkway.
11:40AM ( 1 hour ago )
Authorities identify body found in Lanier
Hall County authorities have released the name of the Buford woman whose body was discovered Sunday afternoon in Lake Lanier.
10:01AM ( 3 hours ago )