Brush fire erupts in Gilmer threatening at least one home


GILMER COUNTY, Ga. – Smoke is billowing into the sky above Gilmer County’s mountains as Fire and Rescue are rushing to the scene today. Fighting the fire right now, Gilmer has six response units on scene when Gilmer Public Safety’s Information Officer Al Cash spoke to FYN.

These six units are the core of Gilmer’s response right now, however, Cash confirmed that volunteers are also helping on scene and that Pickens County is also responding with units. Cash did not say how many units Pickens is sending as he noted they are still in the early stages of fighting the blaze

Citizens in town are pointing towards Talona Mountain as response against the brush fire is already underway. Currently Fire Rescue is sending up drones and working towards gaining more information on the fire in terms of size and intensity.

Cash did confirm that at least one house is in serious danger and authorities are working to contain the blaze as fast as possible.

Gilmer’s Public Safety put up a warning yesterday on Social Media about the potential danger for such a blaze due to conditions. A special weather statement noted low relative humidities in North and Central Georgia. The statement posted said, “Humidities of 25 percent or less can be expected for 4 or more hours this afternoon into the evening.” Though that statement spoke only to yesterdays conditions, the current fire broke out earlier today.

So early into the fight against the fire, no information will be available as to a specific cause or whether the current weather conditions contributed to it.

Citizens should avoid the area as emergency response vehicles are continuing to move through the area. Heavy equipment could also be brought in, including bulldozers to help establish a fireline.  Public Safety said they will offer more information once they have ascertained the magnitude of the fire and fully mobilized their resources against it.

FYN will post new stories when updates are available.

Brush fires come amid high risk weekend in Gilmer


GILMER COUNTY, Ga. – Gilmer County has been under fire warnings and high fire conditions since Friday, March 5, 2021, according to weather service officials.

FireAccording to the National Weather Service (NWS), North and Central Georgia has been under the warnings “due to low humidities.” They stated, “With dry fuels, high fire danger conditions can be expected.”

The National Weather Service said to refer to your local burn permitting authorities concerning whether you may burn outdoors. Gilmer County Public Safety stated today, “There are no Burn Permits being issued today, and likely not tomorrow.”

However, citizens can call 877-652-2876 to get updates on Burn Permits.

FireOn Sunday, Gilmer County Public Safety reported that they had responded to 7 fires, including 4 brush fires. They stated, “Our fire potential is serious due to low humidity, high winds, and an overabundance of dry leaves and deadfall.”

This comes in addition to reports of large amounts of smoke in western parts of the county. Public Safety reported the considerable smoke in our county was due to controlled burns in Murry and Gordon counties.

Additionally, Gilmer Public Safety stated earlier this morning, “Fire Rescue and Georgia Forestry responded to 3 brush fires, 1 of which, off Hicks Ford Rd., was very serious. Being thankful for low wind speeds and highly coordinated firefighting skills, that large fire was contained quickly.”

Public Safety also warned the county has more High Fire Danger today.

4;00 AM EST Tue Mar 9 2021
Hazardous Weather Outlook is for North and Central Georgia.
DAY ONE…Today and Tonight…
High fire danger conditions are expected over much of north and
central Georgia this afternoon into early evening due to low
DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…Wednesday through Monday…
Afternoon Relative Humidities will begin to slowly rise but we
may have another day of High Fire Danger conditions Wednesday.
Otherwise no hazardous weather is expected at this time.

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