Georgia wildfire grows, could last weeks

Firefighters battle Rough Ride wildfire

FANNIN COUNTY, Ga. – A wildfire in the Cohutta Wilderness in Fannin County has burned more than 1,800 acres and could continue burning for weeks.

More than 50 firefighters continued to battle the blaze Tuesday, which remains east of the Rough Ridge trail with the northern extent, just over a mile north of the Sugar Cove trail, according to a Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests release.

The fire is producing billowing smoke that is spreading toward Ellijay and Blue Ridge, according to Forest Service officials. 

The Forest Service said they are maintaining 15 miles of fire breaks that they hope will prevent more spread of the fire.

Officials said Very few homes or cabins are threatened because most of the fire is in the protected Cohutta Wilderness area.

Current closures associated with the Rough Ridge wildfire include:

  • Three Forks Trailhead parking lot
  • East Cowpen trail from Three Forks parking lot to the junction with Panther Creek trail
  • Entire length of Rough Ridge trail from the junction with East Cowpen to Jacks River trail

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