Walton County and Monroe firefighters are preparing to head to north Georgia to join the crews from other departments across the country that are trying to bring the wildfires under control.
“We have approximately 10 fire personnel who are going to Hiawassee tomorrow and Friday to help with the wildfires in that area,” said Walton County Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Craig League. “The two main fires are Rough Ridge and Rock Mountain. Rock Mountain is where we are going. The Rock Mountain fire has doubled in size in the last 2 days.”
Monroe Asst. Fire Chief Bill Owens confirmed that a three person strike team from Monroe also is headed to help in the effort, leaving Thursday.
League said it is estimated by the USDA Forest Service that it will take into December to control the fires. WCFR is sending one engine and League will be heading out with the crew being deployed in the morning. The community can help by praying for the firefighters heading to fight the fires – and for rain.
“Prayers help – we need rain,” League said. According to the Fire Information Report for Rock Mountain, the fire in Rabun County has increased by 23 percent since yesterday, which was up 34 percent from the day before. It now covers 6,747 acres and remains only 10 percent contained. You can click or tap on this link for the USDA Fire Map to follow the progress.