Rock Mountain Fire, largely uncontained, has closed these roads

The Rock Mountain in the Chattooga River Ranger District of northeast Georgia continue to burn unabated, only 35 percent contained with about 600 personnel pitted against it.

Pre-evacuations in Rabun County are planned for these areas, the U.S. Forest Service said Friday:

  • Patterson Gap north of Ramah Darom Church Camp
  • All roads at Bettys Creek, north of Tom Wilson Rd to the state line; this includes Messer Creek Rd, Hambidge Ct, High Darnell Rd, Bryes Place Ln, Towns County (more information: 706-896-7460)

These roads are closed:

  • Charlies Creek Road, off Tallulah River Road.
  • Tallulah River Road (Forest Service Road 70).
  • The Appalachian Trail between Dicks Creek Gap, Georgia, to Rock Gap, North Carolina
  • An area closure has been issued for the Nantahala wilderness area
  • Patterson Gap Road from Betty’s Creek Road to Poplar Gap (USFS road)
  • Betty’s Creek Road from Patterson Gap to the North Carolina state line (Rabun County)
  • Mulberry from the North Carolina state line to Pagonia Drive/Beasley Gap (Macon County)

For more information about the Rock Mountain Fire, call 470-208-2866, or visit these websites:, and Follow Tweets @ChattOconeeNF or download apps for Android and iPhone at

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