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Forest service: Wildfire may be contained Thursday

POSTED: November 28, 2012 1:58 p.m.
Judy Toppins/USDA Forest Service

Wildland firefighters emerge Tuesday at Nimblewill Gap on the Appalachian Trail approach trail after a day of battling a wildfire in the area of Black Mountain.

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The 215-acre wildfire near Black and Springer mountains in the Chattahoochee National Forest was 85 percent contained Wednesday, with full containment expected today, according to a news release from the U.S. Forest Service.

Trail and road closures may be lifted as soon as Friday, the release said. The approach trail to the Appalachian Trail has been closed due to the fire, with the U.S. Forest Service attempting to help through-hikers with shuttles around dangerous portions of the trail.

No structures have been threatened by the fire that was first reported around 7 p.m. Saturday. The cause is still under investigation.

Amicalola Falls State Park and Len Foote Hike Inn have not been threatened, and visitors are safe to travel to those locations, the release said.


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