Officials: 4 new fires since midnight; Lookout Mtn. fire spreads

Crews battling at least a dozen wildfires

Despite making some progress in the last few days, officials monitoring wildfires in north Georgia say several new fires have cropped up and some are growing.

Officials with the Georgia Forestry Commission say a forest fire in Lookout Mountain in northwestern Georgia has become active again thanks to low humidity and high winds. Fires from weeks prior are even starting to smoke and smolder. So far, the Lookout Mountain fire has grown to nearly 175 acres, which they say has the chance to spread.

Crews are also attending to four new fires that sprung up since midnight Saturday, thanks to fire activity that "increased dramatically" on Friday. Firefighters are continuing to be aggressive in trying to control the flames; dead trees and debris are being removed from the roadside and mountain tops in order to reduce the chance that the fire will spread.

Tourist attractions and other hiking trails have been closed, and officials are not allowing any one through without proof of residence in order to maintain residents' safety.

Meanwhile, firefighters are still working to maintain the Rough Ridge fire in the Cohutta Wilderness Area in the Chattahoochee National Forest. That fire started on Oct. 16 due to lightning and has since burned close to 4,000 acres.

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