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Wildfire near Appalachian Trail contained
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A wildfire at Springer and Black mountains near the Appalachian Trail has been contained, according to a release from the U.S. Forest Service.

The trail at Springer Mountain and its approach from Amicalola Falls State Park reopened today after a five-day closure imposed while the forest service and partners battled the 215-acre wildfire in the Chattahoochee National Forest.

The fire began Saturday near the Dawson, Gilmer, Fannin and Lumpkin County lines.

Judy Toppins, spokeswoman for the forest service, said shuttles were arranged for Appalachian Trial hikers who had started their journey more than 2,000 miles north in Maine.

That meant many hikers sought information at Mountain Crossings Outfitter, the only man-made structure located on the trail at Neel’s Gap, north of the closing.

Employee Jason Hulsey said roughly 2,000 hikers come by the store every year.

He said 10 to 12 hikers came through in the past five days, including a group of five to six thru-hikers.

One bold day hiker, he said, opted to hike Springer Mountain in spite of the smoldering conditions.

The cause of the fire is still being investigated.

A large response team was mobilized, which included the local U.S. Forest Service Type 3 Incident Management Team and crews from the North Carolina Forest Service. Georgia Forestry Commission, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Lumpkin County Fire Department all assisted in the response.

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