Firefighters put out Coosawattee brush fire

Community, Press Release

ELLIJAY, Ga. – Firefighters in Gilmer Counter worked to put out a fast-moving brush fire in the Coosawattee River Resort on Thursday, January 9, 2020 around 3 pm, with command terminating at 5:20 pm.

***TRAVEL ALERT – There is a brush fire and structure fire at 180 Pacer Court inside Coosawattee River Resort, approximately 3.5 miles in off of Newport Drive (Legion Road gate). PLEASE AVOID THIS AREA for emergency personnel.

3:08pm #gilmersheriff

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The fire was worked for two hours on four flanks to prevent further development, and was ultimately confined to the area below Pacer Ct. down to the river and toward Fife Bridge. Two small outbuildings were damaged, but no residences were affected.

An excellent Command Post directing fast and well-coordinated firefighting saved 6 houses from certain damage. We were grateful for the assistance of Georgia Forestry Service who did their share of raking, and brought in heavy equipment for the ready.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, so be sure to stay tuned for future updates!

All quotes and photos courtesy of the Gilmer County Public Safety Facebook page
and the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.

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