Wildfire inches close to Cobb County

Wildfires creep closer to metro Atlanta

BARTOW COUNTY, Ga. – A small wildfire broke out in the woods of a Bartow County neighborhood, moving towards the Cobb County line.

Cobb County Fire Department arrived on the scene and worked to protect nearby homes, although no residents were evacuated. Bartow County fought the fire that was blazing in the woods. They were able to contain the fire after five acres were scorched.

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The Georgia Forestry Department built a fire wall, much like a ditch, so that it could not go any farther.

"We're not in an area where we can use our apparatus and the fire hose and things like that," said Capt. Bruce King of the Bartow County Fire Dept. "So a lot of is working hand and hand with the Georgia Forestry and they do a lot of work with the 'dozers."

Nearly 90 miles away, the Rough Ridge wildfire, in Fannin County, has engulfed 19,411 acres. 

More than 200 firefighters are working to extinguish the fire where 20 percent has been contained. Three crews, two helicopters, eight engines and two bulldozers have been implored to comb at the Cohutta Wildnerness area in the Chattahoochee National Forest. 

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The Cohutta Wilderness is about two hours from metro Atlanta, but the skyline has been blanketed in a smoky haze since last week.

RELATED: Heavy smoke drifts into Metro Atlanta

The National Forest Service says, fires throughout northern Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and North Carolina all have the potential to impair air quality and that conditions may change quickly, based on weather, wind direction and fire activity.

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Photos | Smoke all over metro Atlanta

Photos | Rough Ridge wildfire

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