Walker County Provides Wildfire Update from Georgia Forestry Commission

Update from Georgia Forestry concerning the fire on Lookout Mountain:
• Highway 157 Fire
o Started 10/21/2023 and determined to be arson.
o On 11/2/2023, fire escaped original containment lines and was active through 11/3 burning an estimated additional 900 acres. Fire Breaks were established around the entire perimeter of the fire late on 11/3.
o This fire immediately threatened 2 residences on 11/3 but were saved by the quick action of GFC and Walker County firefighters.
o 706 acres, 50% contained. A reduction in acreage due to more accurate mapping.
o Currently, 4 dozers and 15 personnel assigned to the fire. This fire is burning in steep and rocky terrain. Tractor/dozer operations are limited for direct attack.
o There is still several hundred acres of unburned area on the east and south side of this fire within the breaks that could cause challenges with a change in wind direction.