Forest Service lifts fire ban in Chattahoochee and Oconee National Forests
Georgia (WDEF) — The Forest Service has lifted the total fire ban for the Chattahoochee and Oconee National Forests that has been in effect since November 8 due to the drought.
Forest Service officials say that despite recent rains, the national forest lands in Georgia remain in drought status and times of increased fire danger will still occur.
Wildfires burned approximately 42,000 in the Chattahoochee National Forest and another 13,000 acres burned on Rock Mountain in North Carolina.
Forest officials urge visitors to use caution when building campfires and ensure to put fires out so they are cool to the touch.
A Burned Area Emergency Response team is now accessing ecological damage to the National Forest to develop a recovery plan.
Some areas of the Cohutta Wilderness remain closed.