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Rough Ridge Fire News Release

Rough Ridge Fire morning update 12/02/2016

Incident: Rough Ridge Fire Wildfire
Released: 12/2/2016

Fire Update

U.S. Forest Service

Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests

Conasauga District

3941 Highway 76
Chatsworth, GA 30705



For Immediate Release
Contact: (470) 208-2839




Rough Ridge Fire Update: December 2, 2016, 10 a.m.

FAST FACTS: The Rough Ridge Fire is 27,870 acres and 95 percent contained, with 95 personnel assigned to the fire. Resources include 4 crews, 1 helicopter, 7 engines and 1 grader.

Cohutta Wilderness Area on the Chattahoochee National Forest

This will be the last update for the Rough Ridge Fire from the South Central Oregon Fire Partnership Incident Management Team. For information in the future, visit the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests website,, or Facebook page.

Current Fire Situation: Firefighters continue to patrol the fire line, while working to repair damage from the suppression effort.

Planned Actions: Crews will concentrate on grading roads and dozer lines in the Jones Settlement area, and reseeding with winter wheat and clover to stabilize soils.

Fire Weather: Rain is expected to move back into the area Saturday evening and continue into next week.

A Burned Area Emergency Response team (BAER) is surveying the area to assess the fire’s effects on ecological resources and develop a short-term stabilization plan. In consultation with Georgia’s departments of natural resources and environmental protection, and the National Resources Conservation Service, the team will make recommendations to restore safe conditions, and stabilize roads, trails, the watershed and sensitive species. The Forest will develop a long-range plan for rehabilitation in the coming months. To learn more about BAER, visit

Increased traffic from the buck only and bear hunt is expected through Sunday. Forest Service roads still pose a danger due to mud. Please reduce speed and adhere to road closures. Narrow sections of road may be closed for short periods of time for road work (no more than a few hours).

Although the fire zone remains closed, about 60 percent of the Wildlife Management Area is open to hunters and other visitors.

A total fire ban remains in place on the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests. Only commercially available fuel stoves (camp stoves) are allowed. Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire or campfire (including charcoal-based fires, whether contained in a grill or not) is prohibited until soil and fuel moistures reach a safe level.


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Hunting Information

Effective November 28, 2016

The Nov. 30 through Dec. 4 Firearms/Buck Only and Bear Hunt on the Cohutta Wildlife Management Area (WMA) within the Conasauga Ranger District will take place, with certain restrictions due to the Rough Ridge Fire. The fire was detected Oct. 16 and has burned 27,870 acres within the Cohutta Wilderness, and areas outside the wilderness in the East Cowpen/Jigger Creek and the Bee Knob area south of Jones Settlement.

The fire is still not fully contained and firefighters will continue to work in the area. The potential for the fire to reburn through previously burned area is possible. There will be emergency vehicle traffic on all Forest Service roads around the Rough Ridge Fire. Please reduce your speed on these roads, adhere to all road closures and do not block gates or park vehicles in areas where the fire has burned.

The following areas and roads will be closed Nov. 30 through Dec. 4 for the hunt:

· Cohutta Wilderness south of Jacks River

· WMA lands east of Forest Service Road 16 and east of the Conasauga River to the Cohutta Wilderness boundary

· WMA lands north of Forest Service Road 64 to Buddy Cove Gap and generally west of the Pinhoti Trail to Forest Service Road 126

· WMA lands north of Forest Service Road 126 and generally west of the Benton MacKaye Trail to the Wilderness boundary

· Forest Service Road 51 (East Cowpen/Jigger Creek)

· Forest Service Road 126 (Elliot Road/West Fork Jacks River)

· Forest Service Road 18 between Emery Creek Trailhead Parking Lot and Shanty Creek is closed to motorized vehicles because of a landslide

· Forest Service Road 630D (Rocky Flats) is closed to motorized vehicles because of a sinkhole.

The following roads will be open No. 30 through Dec. 4 for the hunt:

· Forest Service Road 64 from Watson Gap to Jacks River Fields Campground and FSR 64 from Potato Patch to Three Forks Parking Lot

· Forest Service Road 16, 17, 17B, 22, 49, 68, and 630

The following seasonally-gated roads will be open Nov. 30 through Dec. 4 for the hunt:

· Forest Service Road 151 (Mooneyham)

· Forest Service Road 17A (Pleasant Gap)

· Forest Service Road 630C (Lackey Knob)

· Forest Service Road 304 (Barnes Creek)

See map for details

Unit Information

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

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