Tall flames were visible on a ridge overlooking Betty’s Creek Road near Dillard Monday evening. At that point, the fire was burning more than 13,000 acres and 30 percent of it was contained. No injuries had been reported and no homes had been lost as the fire burned through Rabun and Towns counties in Georgia and Clay and Macon counties in North Carolina.
“It is growing actively daily,” Noel Livingston, the incident commander for the fire, told scores of people who had gathered in the Rabun County Courthouse for the briefing. Later, in response to a question from the audience about the fire’s potential, Livingston said: “Probably this fire is going to be 30,000 acres. It could be larger than that.”