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Pastor opens church for Rabun County wildfire evacuees

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A pastor has opened his church to evacuees who have been displaced due to mandatory evacuation orders issued in the Rock Mountain fire burning near Tate City, Ga.

Scott Cates says he has kitchen and shower facilities open to those who need it. Cates has also gathered volunteers to help see to the needs of evacuees.

Displaced residents will have access to shelter, bedding, food and necessary supplies available, according to the Rabun County Sheriff's Office

The pastor of Liberty Baptist Church in Tiger, GA. said he's also hoping to collect items like water, bandanas and other needs for firefighters to send care packages.

Fire now consuming 900 acres along Tallulah River Road

The fire is growing and threatening homes. Last night, between 25-40 homes were evacuated due to the fire's spread.

Authorities say the fire was human-caused and looking for a man described only as a white male driving a dark blue SUV in their investigation.

“The fire is burning steady with four-five foot flame lengths,” said Jason Engle, acting district ranger for the Chattooga River Ranger District. “It’s not moving fast but it’s not easy to stop either. Steep and rugged terrain makes safe firefighting difficult.”

The Rabun County Sheriff’s Department issued their evacuation order for Coleman River Road and Nichols Branch Road Tuesday. First responders conducting these evacuations are asking non-residents to stay away from the area to allow them to do their jobs as quickly and safely as possible.

Pastor Scott Cates talks to CBS46 News about the temporary shelter

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Days without measurable rainfall

40+ days

Acres burned in Georgia


Population in drought areas

8.7 million