Crews Battle Georgia Wildfire During Severe Drought
A severe drought continues to worsen across the deep south as the rainfall deficit grows larger. This has led to abnormally dry conditions across the heavy forested deep south. Over the last few weeks, there have been numerous red flag warnings due to the very high fire danger concerns.
Last month, a lightning strike sparked a wildfire in northern Georgia. It’s known as the Rough Ridge Fire burning in the Cohutta Wilderness Area in the Chattahoochee National Forest.
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The fire is still burning out of control across northern Georgia. As of Nov. 5, the Rough Ridge Fire was 10% contained burning a total of 3,600 acres.
A total of 295 firefighters are working to battle the blaze with expectations of containment by the end of this month.
The short range forecast calls for no relief in the drought. As we progress into the middle and end of the month, a more active pattern will likely bring rain chances to the southeast.