Prescribe Burn March 16-17

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:

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Jason Demas
District Fire Management Officer
Forest Service
Blue Ridge Ranger District, Chattahoochee National Forest
p: 706-745-6928 x105
f: 706-745-7494
2042 Highway 515 W
Blairsville, GA 30512

Saturday 9/12 trail workday at Jake & Bull Mtn

Hello! This is a reminder about this coming Saturday’s trail workday.
If you haven’t yet come out this year, please consider joining us on Saturday. Meeting place is different !!!!

PLEASE NOTE: There is a 40% chance of rain this Saturday. But it’ll be only in the high 70’s!!! Please – – RSVP so I can contact you if I have to cancel.

Mountain bikers – for every workday you attend, you get $25 off your Fool’s Gold registration fee – up to $75 off!!! This coming Saturday is your last opportunity. Thanks to Lisa Randall for her generosity in offering this discount to you.

Trail volunteers – I’ll be drawing again for several winners to select from the prize table. There is a nice Coca-Cola decorative mirror that will be given away at the November workday. Volunteers receive 1 ticket for that drawing for each workday they attend. The more times you come help out, the more tickets you receive.

For those CTHA members who can’t get out on the trail to do physical work, please then join me by volunteering to work at the September 19 Fool’s Gold event. Lisa is offering us $100 for each CTHA member who volunteers!! This is a great way for you to contribute to the trails as these $s go into the Jake & Bull Mtn trail fund.

We will meet this Saturday at 9:00 at the intersection of FS77 and FS28-1 (the old game check station location) for sign in and safety talk. Then it’s off to the work site for 4 hours or so. We will be driving down FS77-A to the Lance Creek trail to brush back overgrowth. If anyone wants to bring their horse and ride the blue/Black Branch Trail and do brushing back there, please let me know so I can put you in touch with one another.

We will have sausage, onions, taters, chips, water and sodas for lunch.

WHEN: Saturday 9/12 9:00
WHERE: the intersection of FS77 and FS28-1 (the old game check station location)
WHAT TO BRING: boots, bug spray, gloves, something to carry water in/with, helmet (or hard hat will be provided), loppers or sling blade or weedeater, Epi-Pen, cooling neck wrap if you have one, chair for lunchtime
WHAT IS PROVIDED: water, lunch, tools

WORK TO BE DONE: brushing back overgrowth (bring your weedeater with extra cord if you want), whatever else is identified as a need

PLEASE – – – RSVP by Friday morning so I know you are coming. This helps us know how much lunch to provide AND I can notify you if plans need to change.

Thanks and let me know if you have any questions.

Debbie Crowe
CTHA USFS & board member
CoTrails Working Group