Brush fire erupts in Gilmer threatening at least one home

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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.

Homeward Bound Pet Of The Week! Tinsel

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Meet Tinsel, a stray whom nobody claimed while in animal control.  This beautiful, young girl is between 1-2 years old; 35 lbs. and has a ton of energy.  She would surely benefit from a fenced yard and an active family.

Apply online:  www.hbpr.org   We are located between Ellijay and Blue Ridge, GA.

Homeward Bound Pet Of The Week: Twix

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Meet Twix, a 3 year old mix breed, who is shy at first but then wants to dazzle you with his figure 8 zoomies and plays hide and go seek in our fenced agility pen.  He will chase a ball but is not quite sure what do  with it once he has it. Twix appears to be ok with other dogs; cats are an unknown.  He is going to be a good dog for someone who can give him the love and confidence he needs.

Apply online:  www.hbpr.org   We are located between Ellijay and Blue Ridge, GA.

Homeward Bound Pet Of The Week: Stormy!

Community, Fast & Furriest

Stormy is smiling and learning to trust again!  She has been rescued from the storm and is waiting for someone to say, “That’s my girl!” and provide a forever home.  Stormy is a 50 lb. 7 or 8 year old Sharpei mix.  She is house trained, gentle on a leash and her former foster mom said she is a wonderful snuggler.  

Apply online:  www.hbpr.org   We are located between Ellijay and Blue Ridge, GA.

Homeward Bound Pet of the Week: Maizy

Community, Fast & Furriest

Meet Maizy, a beautiful  45 lb., 1 ½  year old Heeler/Hound mix.  She is an owner surrender due to “not having the time or energy for her.”  A successful placement for Maizy would be with an 

active family with a fenced yard and a commitment to regular exercise.   

Apply online:  www.hbpr.org

Homeward Bound Pet Of The Week: Hendrick

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Pet Of The Week

Meet Hendrick, a 32 lb., 5-year-old Boston mix, who was surrendered to animal
control when his owner passed away. Hendrick is a playful little guy who enjoys a leisurely walk in the woods where he can sniff all things wonderful!

When given the opportunity in a fenced area, he will entertain you with zoomies until he can’t
run any longer and then will let you know it’s time to leave. He gets along well
with other dogs and has only shown curiosity with cats! He did well as our Pet of
the Week at The Cartecay Brewing Company meeting everyone with a smile!
Apply online: www.hbpr.org

Homeward Bound Pet Rescue Pet of the Week – Oliver

Community

Homeward Bound Pet Rescue, Inc’s mission is to find safe, loving homes for unwanted pets in
the North Georgia area. Homeward Bound has re-homed over 7000 pets since 2000. We are a
100% non-profit, no kill organization that is completely run by volunteers and depend on
donations, grants, Paws and Claws Thrift Store and fund raising events during the year.

Homeward Bound Pet Rescue, Inc.

P.O. Box 792
Ellijay, GA 30540
706-698-HOME (4663)
Apply on line: www.hbpr.org
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Meet Oliver, a 19#, 1 ½ year old beagle, an owner surrender due to nobody having time to
spend with him. This little cuddler gets along well with others, loves to walk on a leash,
definitely a “nose to the ground” kind of boy. A fenced yard would be great; kids would be a
plus!

Contact HB and we will set up a meeting! Apply online: www.hbpr.org
We’d also love to tell you about volunteering, fostering and adoption opportunities.
Homeward Bound pets are up to date on vaccinations, treated month for fleas, ticks and heart
worms, spayed or neutered and are ready for adoption unless specified otherwise.
We are available for a “meet and greet” by appointment. The address is: 215 Wishon Drive,
Blue Ridge, GA (off Maxwell Road). We do recommend bringing everyone who will be involved
with the new pet; especially your dog(s).

Thank you for your support! We couldn’t survive without the help from our friends!

Pritchett resigns from Public Safety Director

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Tony Pritchett

ELLIJAY, Ga. – Gilmer County Public Safety Director Tony Pritchett has tendered a resignation from his position as Public Safety Director.

Though his letter of resignation is tendered, it is notice of his resignation at March 15, 2019, meaning he will remain in the position until then to prepare and possibly train his replacement. He has served 16 years in Gilmer County, with 12 of those as Chief and Director. He was Fire Chief until 2015 when the position of Public Safety Director was created and he has served in since.

According to his resignation letter, Pritchett cited that he is pursuing other opportunities. Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlie Paris said that the County will begin advertising for the position in the next 10 days and will look both internally and externally for candidates.

Paris confirmed that he tendered his letter today, February 6, 2019. He also told FYN that he has appreciated Pritchett’s service over the years and has wished him well in his pursuits.

Fire and Rescue Weekly Status Report 12/9 -12/15

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Dates Structure Fires Fire Alarms Emergency Med Calls (EMS)
12/9/18-12/15/18 1 1 99
MVC (Vehicle Accidents Haz. Conditions Other Total Calls
12 6 1 120

Fire & Rescue Weekly Report 12/09 – 12/15

Police & Government
Dates Structure Fires Fire Alarms Emergency Med Calls (EMS)
12/9/18-12/15/18 1 1 99

 


MVC (Vehicle Accidents Haz. Conditions Other Total Calls
12 6 1 120

Fire & Rescue Weekly Report 12/2 – 12/8

Police & Government
Dates Structure Fires Brush Fires Emergency Med Calls (EMS) Extrications
12/2/18-12/8/18 1 1 86 1

MVC (Vehicle Accidents Haz. Conditions Other Total Calls
6 5 1 101

Fire and Rescue Weekly Status Report 11/25 – 12/01

Police & Government
Dates Structure Fires Brush Fires Fire Alarms Emergency Med Calls (EMS)
11/25/18-12/1/18 2 1 1 82
MVC (Vehicle Accidents Vehicle Fires Haz. Conditions Search/Tech. Rescue Total Calls
10 1 7 1 105

 

Fire and Rescue Weekly Status Report 12/23 -12/29

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Structure Fire Brush Fire Emergency Med Calls (EMS) MVC/Vehicle Fires
2 1 97 8

 
 

Vehicle Fires Haz. Conditions Other Total Calls
1 1 19 129

Fire and Rescue Weekly Status Report 11/25 – 12/01

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Fire and Rescue Weekly Status Report

Structure Fires Brush Fires Fire Alarms Emergency Med Calls (EMS) MVC (Vehicle Accidents Vehicle Fires Haz. Conditions Search/Tech. Rescue

Total Calls

2 1 1 82 10 1 7 1

105

Fire and Rescue Weekly Status Report 12/02 – 12/08

Police & Government
Dates Structure Fires Brush Fires Extractions Emergency Med Calls (EMS)

12/02/2018-

12/08/2018

1 1 1 86

 

MVC (Vehicle Accidents) Haz. Conditions Other Total Calls
6 5 1 101

 

Gilmer Fire and Rescue Weekly Report 11-4/11-10

Police & Government
Dates Structure Fires Brush Fires Fire Alarms Emergency Med Calls (EMS)
11/4/18-11/10/18 1 1 2 85
MVC (Vehicle Accidents Haz. Conditions Air Transports Search/Tech. Rescue Total Calls
6 8 1 1 104

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