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A helicopter drops water on the Vulcan Drive/Tucker Branch Road forest fire that burned almost 400 acres on Lookout Mountain Friday and Saturday. Georgia Forestry crews also fought fires on Fox and Sand Mountains over the weekend before Mother Nature intervened with the much-needed rainfall.

By: Eddy Gifford, Publisher


Georgia Forestry Commission crews were kept busy last week in Dade County as they battled wildfires on Lookout, Fox and Sand Mountains.

The first wildfire was in the area of Vulcan Drive and Tucker Branch on Lookout Mountain. The fire started Thursday afternoon and spread quickly.

By the time it was brought under control it had burned almost 400 areas.

Then on Friday crews were moved to a fire on Fox Mountain in Rising Fawn. Bulldozers and helicopters were used on this fire as well and by Saturday afternoon approximately 200 acres had been scorched.

A fire was reported Saturday on Sand Mountain in the Hales Gap Road area but it was contained quickly.

The low humidity and winds kept the firefighters busy as they fought to contain the fires and keep them away from any residence.

At last report no structures had been damaged by the fires.

By early Sunday morning firefighters got some relief from Mother Nature as rain moved into the area and helped extinguish the fires.

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