Wildfire in Cherokee County (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

10-acre wildfire in Cherokee, record-breaking high forecast 

The statewide drought and dry conditions are contributing to fires, officials say. 

About 10 acres of wildfire were reported in Cherokee County Sunday morning, according to Channel 2 Action News. 

Georgia Forestry Commission Rangers and Cherokee fire officials fought wildfire between Holly Springs and Woodstock. 

Officials with the Georgia Forestry Commission said t hey've responded to 92 wildfires and 16 illegal burns since Friday morning. Permits aren't being issued in most parts of the state because burning isn't safe, the forestry said.

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Wildfire in Cherokee County (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

And the record-breaking heat and dry conditions are expected to hang around through Election day.

It was 84 degrees in Atlanta, 77 degrees in Blairsville and 84 degrees in Griffin shortly before 6 p.m.

Meteorologist Brian Monahan said the record of 83 degrees, which was set in 1998, will be broken by a few degrees Sunday, with a forecast high of 86 degrees, Monahan said.

“These temperatures are more like Labor Day than Halloween,” Monahan said.

The high of 85 degrees on Oct. 31 was set in 1961 and Monday’s expected high of 86 degrees would break that record, too.

While a cold front may bring temps down a bit in coming days, temperatures are expected to be unseasonably high.

Record highs expected for Sunday afternoon
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Tuesday’s high is 79 degrees, but by Thursday the high is expected to be back in the low 80s.

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