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Fire Information Meeting in Rabun County Monday, November 21, 2016

Monday, November 21, 2016 22:16
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Beginning at 8:00 a.m. Tuesday Morning November 22, the following roads will be closed for public and firefighter safety:
• Patterson Gap Road from Betty’s Creek Road to Poplar gap (USFS road)
• Betty’s Creek Road from Patterson Gap to the North Carolina state line (Rabun County)
• Mulberry from the North Carolina state line to Pagonia Drive/Beasley Gap (Macon County)

Residents of Rabun and Macon Counties attended an informational meeting on the evening of Monday, November 21st, held by the Incident Management Team led by Noel Livingston and Cooperating Agencies in Georgia and North Carolina. The fire lines being constructed will probably limit the fire size to around 30,000 acres, with the number one priority being the protection of life and property.

Macon Media was the only media outlet from Macon County present at the meeting and a video of the entire meeting is embedded below. The excerpt above details the expected extent of the fire. Personnel reported the fire has been moving at half to three quarters of a mile per day in locations where no fire lines have been constructed.  The southern lines around the fire are secure and the overall strategy has been to let the fire spread into the wilderness in the north while, due to limited resources, firefighters focused on saving homes on the western end of the fire, most notably near Tate City.

The next focus will be on protecting homes on the east end of the fire, near Bettys Creek Patterson Road and Mulberry Road, where some preliminary construction of fire lines has already been started. The teams that saved the homes near Tate City will be moved into those areas starting on Tuesday, Nov 22nd.

Another Fire Information Meeting may be held in Macon County after Thanksgiving if conditions warrant.


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