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Woods fire smolders in lakeside subdivision
A unit from the Georgia State Patrol Aviation Division drops water on a woods fire in the Marina Bay subdivision in northwest Hall County.

A recurring woods fire at a subdivision in northwest Hall County kept federal, state and local agencies busy over the July Fourth weekend.

No injuries or property damage occurred, but agencies were forced to keep the water pouring on smoldering woods at the Marina Bay subdivision off Lake Lanier.

“We have units back out in this incident,” Hall Fire Services spokesman Capt. Zachary Brackett said Monday.

The fire began early Sunday but “was extinguished quickly and units left the scene,” he said.

Later Sunday afternoon, the woods fire apparently had restarted.

“The rekindle is thought to have occurred from the fire running along the root system of the forested area,” Brackett said.

Firefighters, arriving to find 2-3 acres ablaze, sought help from Army Corps of Engineers, Georgia Forestry Commission and Georgia State Patrol Aviation Division.

The aviation unit dropped water on the fire. And Georgia Forestry used a bulldozer to create a dirt perimeter around the fire to try to contain it.

Monday’s recurrence was inside the perimeter, Brackett said.

“Regardless of the quantity of water that is put on the fire, it will continue to smolder and flare up for a while,” he said.

Authorities don’t know what caused the initial fire.

“Contributing factors to this incident include the topography of the area, the dry weather and wind,” Brackett said.

Hall County is in severe drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.