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Large fire destroys several acres in Nelson area

    

Nelsonbrushfire

 

Press Release from the Cherokee County Fire Department

Above, the brush fire near Old Nelson Rd in Cherokee County    Photo/Angela Waagen

    Feb. 23, 2011 --- Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services and Georgia Forestry responded to a large brush fire that occurred yesterday on Old Nelson Road in northern Cherokee County.

     A caller contacted Cherokee County E-911 to report that approximately ¼ acre was on fire and it was getting close to the trees. Cherokee County firefighters responded to the scene and requested assistance from Georgia Forestry to help contain the fire. Georgia Forestry made breaks around the fire to keep it from spreading.


     Portions of Old Nelson Road were closed for a couple of hours until the area was safe for travel. According to a representative from Georgia Forestry, approximately 30-40 acres of forest land was destroyed by the fire. Georgia Power was also contacted due to several power poles receiving major damage due to the fire.

     Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services stayed on stayed on scene until about 10 o’clock last night checking for hot spots. Firefighters did return to the area several times after homeowners contacted 911 about seeing additional flames and smoke. According to one of the firefighters on scene, residents may see smoke in that area for the next couple of days.

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Pecan Sandie
-13 #1 Pecan Sandie 2011-02-24 16:36
You can't burn stuff in New Jersey like leaves or junk. Here is Georgia you see many people burning stuff in the backyards or frontyards. This is typical of Georgia. This State needs more rules to prevent the people from doing stupid stuff.
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mountainpass
+10 #2 mountainpass 2011-02-24 18:05
Quoting Pecan Sandie:
You can't burn stuff in New Jersey like leaves or junk. Here is Georgia you see many people burning stuff in the backyards or frontyards. This is typical of Georgia. This State needs more rules to prevent the people from doing stupid stuff.

Do you know if this was caused by someone burning? This fire could of been caused by many different things.

There are rules in place concerning burning. One must call GA Forestry and get a burn permit beforehand, failure to do so can result in a fine.

Typical of Georgia?
Yes here in Georgia the people are free to live their lives as adults, not be treated as children. Fire can be a useful tool for a landowner when used responsibly.

Irresponsible people do "stupid stuff" regardless of rules.
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melissaG
+1 #3 melissaG 2011-02-24 18:09
The other day I saw a man burning leaves in his front yard, not such a bad thing. The tool he was using to get the leaves into the burning pile.....a leaf blower. I drove by the next day and half his yard was scorched!!
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AlmondMikey
+4 #4 AlmondMikey 2011-02-24 18:46
Funny, someone from a state where you are not even free enough to pump your own gas is trying to tell people in Georgia how to live.

Look around you, do you see a lot of folks there that moved in from Georgia?

I meet people all the time from NJ, NY, and other nanny states that have moved here to Georgia. Hmmmm... I wonder why?
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wendy
+1 #5 wendy 2011-02-24 19:03
Hey, pecan sandie- go back to New Jersey!!! Very typical of a yankee to jump to conclusions.
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Kevin
0 #6 Kevin 2011-02-26 16:41
Quoting wendy:
Hey, pecan sandie- go back to New Jersey!!! Very typical of a yankee to jump to conclusions.

There are smart, common sense, responsible people and just plain "what were you thinking" dumb people in all 50 states or in the world for that matter.
As for the "yankee" reference, the year is 2011 and we are in the 21st century - the Civil War is over and nobody "won" that war - so give it a rest with the North vs the South.
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malissa
+2 #7 malissa 2011-02-28 14:41
Quoting Kevin:
Quoting wendy:
Hey, pecan sandie- go back to New Jersey!!! Very typical of a yankee to jump to conclusions.

There are smart, common sense, responsible people and just plain "what were you thinking" dumb people in all 50 states or in the world for that matter.
As for the "yankee" reference, the year is 2011 and we are in the 21st century - the Civil War is over and nobody "won" that war - so give it a rest with the North vs the South.

Perhaps if you read- there is no one calling anyone dumb in the yankee reference. Only a yankee could have taken offence to that and yes there are dumb people everywhere and you proved that.
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