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North Georgia Wildfires Wind Down, Crews Move On

A fire in the Cohutta Wilderness near Blue Ridge reached 27,000 acres. It is one of two major fires in North Georgia that is now mostly contained.
A fire in the Cohutta Wilderness near Blue Ridge reached 27,000 acres. It is one of two major fires in North Georgia that is now mostly contained.
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Gatlinburg, Tennessee, is still dealing with a deadly wildfire, but here in Georgia the two largest fires are dwindling.

Over the last month or so, wildfires in Fannin and Rabun counties burned up about 50,000 acres of forest.

Now, though, firefighting crews say the North Georgia fires, which didn’t cause any structural damage or injuries, are on their way out.

“We were able to do some good work and get the containment lines built around the fire,” said Debbie Carlisi, a spokesperson with National Forest Service. “And then of course the rain helped.”

Carlisi, who’s with the crew in Rabun County, said she and many still there will be heading home soon. She’ll return to California. Their team came from 24 states around the country.

Others, however, already moved on to east Tennessee, where strong winds and a lack of rain allowed one wildfire to grow quickly. It’s destroyed at least 700 structures and killed a number of people.

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