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Wildfires Burned In North Ga. Over Christmas Weekend

Firefighters spent more than two months battling wildfires in north Georgia and in Tennessee this fall.
Firefighters spent more than two months battling wildfires in north Georgia and in Tennessee this fall.
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The U.S. Forest Service is keeping watch on a new wildfire in the Chattahoochee National Forest.

It says a fire that broke out over the weekend in Lumpkin County, between Blairsville and Dahlonega, has burned about 200 acres. It’s no longer spreading, but because of drought conditions there is always the chance it could flare back up.

Judy Toppins with the U.S. Forest Service says a vehicle started that fire as well as one in Union County near the Richard Russell Scenic Highway.

“It was caused by an accidental vehicle fire that started when a vehicle swerved to avoid hitting an animal in the road and hit a sign post instead,” Toppins said.

The Union County fire also burned about 200 acres.

These fires come after firefighters spent more than two months battling wildfires in north Georgia and in Tennessee this fall.