Photos from the Rough Ridge Fire in Georgia

Rough Ridge Fire

These photos are from the very impressive Rough Ridge Fire in north Georgia 13 miles west of Blue Ridge. They were uploaded to InciWeb Friday.

The fire has burned 10,336 acres and currently threatens 48 structures. Approximately 227 personnel are assigned.

Rough Ridge Fire
Rough Ridge Fire. InciWeb. Click to enlarge.

Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, Bill Gabbert now writes about it from the Black Hills.

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9 thoughts on “Photos from the Rough Ridge Fire in Georgia”

  1. Why does the wildfires in North Carolina and Georgia seem so much thicker and dangerous than the wildfires in the Rockies? Is it due to the density of trees per acre?

    1. Some of the fires burning in Georgia are on land that has not seen a fire in over 20 years. An abundant amount of organic matter ( rotten debris) has accumulated. This matter burns rapidly. Warren

  2. I live 8 miles south of blue ridge and we are getting hit hard with the smoke on the Ellijay side any sight in end with the fire being put out soon

  3. We are renting a cabin on December 18-21 just 15 minutes from Blue Ridge. Is the smoke heavy enough to keep us from sitting on the porch, hiking, and shopping in downtown?

  4. I live a the significant distance from the wildfires (45 miles southeast from Atlanta), and some days the smoke is so thick here that it looks like the neighbor is burning. Our hospital is full of elderly with breathing problems. My prayers go out to all of those close to the fires. PRAY FOR RAIN!!!!!

  5. Governor Nathan Deal, please do something more to stop these raging fires in Ga. Get together with the other governers and get them out! I voted for you and now I don’t know that I did the right thing! You have had plenty of time to get it under control, i realize it is very dry conditions, all the more reason to have had it under control! This is a disgrace for the people breathing this and how many animals have died!!!

    1. Sorry, but are you for real? Have you done much traveling in the backcountry of the Appalachian mountains? It’s pretty gnarly terrain. You don’t just put a fire out back there. You’ve got to deal with brambles, steep slopes, and, in those parts, very dense tree loading. Handline is the name of the game in much of that sort of country, and those things take time. It’s a drought in the SE. Fires are going to be a thing until we get a good spell of rain.

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