The US Forest Service, Blue Ridge Ranger District is planning to conduct a prescribe burn today in the Coopers Creek area, Wednesday March 16th. The Duncan Ridge Trail will be temporarily closed today, March 16th at 9:00 AM thru Thursday March 17th at 6:00 PM. The trail will be closed from Mulky Gap, to the east, to Buckeye Knob. The trail is being closed for public safety and will be opened as soon as it safe for public use.
The prescribe burn on Wednesday, March 16th, will have a temporary road closure. The Duncan Ridge Road, Forest Service Road 39, from Wolfpen Gap to Forest Service Road 33A will be closed to all traffic from 10:00 am to approximately 6:00 pm for firefighter and public safety. In addition, all traffic on Forest Service Road 33A, can expect long delays from approximately 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Motorist are urged to avoid this area today, Wednesday March 16th.
Based on the location of the prescribe burn, being at high elevation on the Duncan Ridge Mountain Range, the smoke will be visible from Blairsville and the surrounding area. With the forecasted winds and expected dispersion, the smoke is projected to travel to the east, with no anticipated smoke impacts, but if such should occur, the duration will be short term.
Current Fire information and maps are available for fast and easy sharing via the forest Facebook page at
· Facebook: U.S. Forest Service – Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest
· Fire maps: go.usa.gov/JX93
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District Fire Management Officer
Blue Ridge Ranger District, Chattahoochee National Forest
p: 706-745-6928 x105
2042 Highway 515 W
Blairsville, GA 30512