Command center announcement means influx to fire-torn Rabun County

Command center setting up in Rabun Co.

RABUN COUNTY, Ga. -- As north Georgia fires continue to burn, U.S. forestry officials have announced they will be setting up shop in Rabun County to monitor the many blazes.

The Rabun County Sheriff's Office posted an announcement from the county's tourism and development authority that the U.S. Forest Service intends to set up a command center in the county on Monday.

From there, the agency will be organizing fire fighting efforts for blazes across the northern part of the state. And officials believe they'll likely be there for at least two weeks.

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That means, according to the authority's director, that a county of about 15,000 people will be seeing an influx of "hundreds or thousands" heading into the state to hit hot spots and push back fire lines.

Authority Executive Director Teka Earndhardt said that local businesses should gear up to help the groups as they inundate the small town of Clayton.

As evacuations continue in various parts of the county, the influx is likely a welcome sight to locals who are now at the center of some of the most severe fire fights.

Earnhardt said that while no one has asked for anything for free, she hopes the community will be willing to buy gift cards or provide some form of support to help the new crews who will be working 16 hour shifts until the blazes are finally under control.

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