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GA parks instituting burn bans as fear spreading wildfires grows

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Four state parks have been affected by recent wildfires across north Georgia and several are facing burn bans when it comes to open fire.

More than 35 parks across North Georgia are instituting burn bans to avoid wildfires sparking in their state parks. Covered gas and propane grills are still allowed at the parks. 

Elijah Clark, Black Rock Mountain, Sweetwater Creek and Fort Mountain State Parks all burned in spreading wildfires across the north Georgia area but they were quickly put out.

The longest-burning fire was at Sweetwater Creek State Park, but it’s been put out. It burned a lesser-used trail and there was no threat to facilities.

Parks allowing for cancellations

Several state parks are allowing cancellations or transfers of reservations for those who are so inclined as a result of the burn ban.

  • Vogel, Black Rock Mountain, Tallulah Gorge, Fort Mountain, James H. Floyd, Panola Mountain, Unicoi, Smithgall Woods, Chattahoochee Bend, Providence Canyon (full fire ban at backcountry and pioneer campsites), Cloudland Canyon, Moccasin Creek, Don Carter, Tugaloo, Red Top Mountain, Watson Mill Bridge, Amicalola Falls, Sweetwater Creek, F.D. Roosevelt, High Falls, Indian Springs, Florence Marina, Kolomoki Mounds, Seminole, Reed Bingham, Elijah Clark, Richard B. Russell, Hart, Victoria Bryant, Mistletoe, A.H. Stephens, Hamburg, Hard Labor Creek, Fort Yargo

If you're still interested in checking out the changing fall colors, visit the Georgia State Parks' website detailing where they can be found.

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DROUGHT IN GEORGIA
BY THE NUMBERS

Days without measurable rainfall

40+ days

Acres burned in Georgia

~33,000

Population in drought areas

8.7 million