Forest Service: Rain helps suppress North Ga. wildfires

Rain helping in Rabun County wildfire fight

According to the Forest Service, the recent rain has played a big part so far in suppressing wildfires in North Georgia. The fire’s progress was significantly slowed overnight due to the fire zone receiving an inch of rain.

One of the biggest fires, the Rough Ridge Fire, which spanned 27,879 acres is now 87 percent contained. Rock Mountain fire has also been further contained up to 50 percent.

11Alive Storm Trackers project a few showers to continue developing Tuesday evening while rain and thunderstorms are expected to be in the area by Wednesday morning.

Despite the much needed rain, crews are still working to contain several north Georgia fires and the state still remains in an extreme to exceptional drought with water restrictions. A total fire ban is still in place in several Georgia counties. 

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