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Rock Mountain Fire


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To the communities near the Rock Mountain Fire in Georgia and North Carolina:On behalf of the Southern Area Incident Management Gold Team and the hundreds of firefighters and support staff from all... more


Approximate Location

34.942 latitude, -83.549 longitude

Incident Overview

Rock Mountain Fire Information Map 12-5-16

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Rock Mountain Fire Objectives

  • Coordinate suppression actions with cooperators responsible for structure protection in Rabun, Towns, Macon and Clay Counties.
  • Provide for public safety by recommending evacuation levels as deemed necessary to responsible emergency management officials in Rabun, Towns, Macon and Clay Counties
  • Prevent loss and/or damage to private lands through combination of direct attack, use of natural barriers in combination with burnout operations, and point protection around threatened structures. Coordinate protection of private lands in North Carolina with the North Carolina Forest Service.
  • Limit fire spread to the north and east of the Nantahala Wilderness area in order to reduce loss and/or damage to private lands and residences along Highway 64 and to the Coweeta Research Area. Establish containment lines with consideration for long term patrol and maintenance needs associated with continued leaf-off.
  • Maintain patrol actions following initial containment effort on all perimeters to ensure continued containment until leaf-off is complete and/or weather conditions preclude further fire spread.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseHuman Caused, Under Investigation
Date of OriginWednesday November 09th, 2016 approx. 12:00 AM
LocationTallulah River Road, in the Straw Mountain Area
Incident CommanderSteve Parrish
Incident DescriptionWildfire

Current Situation

Total Personnel137
Size24,725 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained95%
Estimated Containment DateThursday December 15th, 2016 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Mixed hardwood with scattered conifers and brush component. Hemlock snags are scattered throughout the fire area. The terrain is very steep and rugged. Leaf off at 50-95% increasing with elevation.

Significant Events

No fire activity. Continuous precipitation throughout the period.


Planned Actions

Conclude transition with Type 4 organization in preparation of transferring the incident back to the local units. Suppression repair efforts utilizing the guidance of resource advisers will continue on contained portions of the incident as weather allows. Coordinate with federal, state and local cooperators for fire suppression needs.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: No fire activity or spread expected.

24 hours: No fire activity or spread expected.

48 hours: No fire activity or spread expected.

72 hours: No fire activity or spread expected.

Anticipated after 72 hours: No perimeter growth is expected.


Demobilization of excess resources continues. The Southern Area Gold Team is in preparation to transfer the Rock Mountain Fire Incident back to the local unit at 0700 on Tuesday December 6th. Suppression repair accomplishments to containment lines are as of the time of this report: 58 miles completed, 20.9 miles in process, and .1 miles needed for a total of 79 miles (73.4% completed). A BAER Team has been ordered and should be in place by Monday. Acres are based on an IR flight from 12/2/2016. Block 7: Of the 24,725 acres reported, approximately 12,962 are in Georgia, including 11,111 in Rabun County and 1,851 in Towns County. 11,763 acres are in North Carolina, with 3,860 in Clay County and 7,903 in Macon County.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Rain persisted throughout the day with an expected amount to exceed 1 inch. Humidities are at 98% today and through the night. More rain is expected for Monday and Tuesday. Cold air will move into the area towards the end of the week.

Unit Information

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Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Gainesville, GA 30501

Incident Contact

Rock Mountain Fire Information
Phone: 470-208-2866

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