A USDA Map shows active forest fire throughout the Southeast as of November 11.
Wildfires that have burned thousands of acres in north Georgia’s Cohutta Wilderness Area are sending blankets of smoke to surrounding counties. According to medical professionals, everyone should be on guard but sensitive groups should take most precaution.
If you have an underlying lung disease Dr. Tamim Al-Kharrat of North Georgia Pulmonary Medicine in Jasper advises his patients to take similar precautions as they would with heavy smog – more common in urban areas.
Washington, D.C. –Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) congratulated U.S. Army Cyber Command and Fort Gordon – which hosts the Cyber Center of Excellence and will soon host Army Cyber Command headquarters – on all of its Cyber Mission Force teams reaching Initial Operating Capability, the point at which all units can execute their fundamental mission while still building more advanced capabilities.
“This is a major milestone for Fort Gordon, Georgia’s military community and, most importantly, our national defense,” said Rep. Graves. “As a member of the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, I’ve worked to secure funding for this critical mission, and I will continue fighting to ensure it receives the resources necessary to become fully operational.”
Update Wednesday, Nov. 9, the drought continues and fire crews are busy responding to calls from residents in the Worley Crossroads, Tatum Road and Salem Church areas who reported smoke. Crews says there is a good bit of smoke but are finding nothing burning. There is a clear smell of smoke in downtown Jasper as well. It is believed the smoke drifted from the Cohutta Wilderness area fire. The above map shows the Fire Danger Rating as of November 26.
A complete outdoor burning ban was announced Thursday to include all campfires and fireworks. It will remain in place until significant rains fall.
The announcement, made by Pickens Fire Marshal Curtis Clark during a commissioners' work session, stated that no one should burn any yard waste or any debris outside until we have had soaking rains. The City of Jasper indicated they will enforce the same ban.
Noise at Rocco’s, New Year’s party also discussed at council meeting
Responding to extreme drought conditions that threaten water supplies across north Georgia, Jasper City Council approved $30,000 for a pump test on a well that could provide a new resource in the future.
Jasper Mayor John Weaver said the well, which is located on private property, could be a “potential high water producer.”
Pickens County Schools Director of Operations Stacy Gilleland recently spoke to the school board about the difficulty they are having hiring and keeping qualified bus drivers – a problem systems across the state face.
“If we have to add two more routes this year I don’t know what I’ll do,” Gilleland said. “Kids are going to be getting home later and picked up earlier. We’ve got the fleet. We’ve got the equipment. We’ve got everything we need but the personnel. It’s just crazy. But if you go to any county you see this big sign, ‘bus drivers needed.’ It’s not just here.”