Rain helps fight Georgia wildfires - CBS46 News

Rain helps fight Georgia wildfires

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Fire crews in the North Georgia Mountains got a little relief early Tuesday morning as rain finally reached the region.

Teams are battling at least two major fires, including the Rough Ridge fire in the Chattahoochee National Forest that has burned nearly 28,000 acres over the last month.

"I was very ecstatic when we received the rain last night," Jeffrey Schardt, the fire manager officer told CBS46.  "What it's going do is it's going to knock out the actual flaming areas of the fire."

"This is a long-term situation," Schardt added.  "Just like the drought took a long time to happen, it'll take a long time to recover from it. What we're really going to need to alleviate the entire situation is several days of long, steady, soaking rain, or multiple days of rain."

Crews believe the fire started from a lightning strike. It had been smoldering underground before growing into one of the state's biggest fires.

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