Evacuations ordered in northwest Georgia community

A wildfire command center is set to open in Rabun County as firefighters continue to battle several fires.

DADE COUNTY, Ga. -- A north Georgia gated community was placed under an evacuation order Sunday afternoon as fires continue to tear across the top of the state.

Viewers first alerted 11Alive that they were being evacuated Sunday afternoon.

WRCB in Chattanooga further detailed that residents of the Lookout Highlands neighborhood, a subdivision off of State Route 157, were told they had to be out of their homes by 3:45 p.m.

 

Officials said that 150 homes are potentially threatened by the home, but that they did not expect any structure damage.

Shelters have been opened up at Trenton United Methodist Church and New Salem Community Center.

Officials told the station that the fire of concern is the Tatum Gulf blaze that as of 5 p.m. was estimated at about 100 acres. However, by the evening, 11Alive learned it had expanded another 75 acres.

This particular wildfire started on Thursday and is contained 5 percent.

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