Published Nov 26, 2012
A wildfire has closed the approach trail to the Appalachian Trail, according to the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest office in Gainesville, GA. The fire was first reported on November 24, 2012 around 7:00 PM.
This temporary closing is at the approach trail's crossing point on forest road 28-2 at Nimblewill Gap and extends to forest road 42 at the Springer Mountain trailhead parking area. Forest road 46 between Nimblewill Gap and High Shoals Church Road is also closed temporarily.
The wildfire is not threatening Amicalola Falls State Park or Len Foote Hike Inn.
Forest visitors are advised to avoid these areas.
The U.S. Forest Service and partners responded to a wildfire burning approximately 215 acres near the Black Mountain and Springer Mountain area of the Chattahoochee National Forest near the Dawson, Gilmer, Fannin and Lumpkin County lines.
A large response team has been mobilized, including the local U.S. Forest Service Type 3 Incident Management Team and crews from a neighboring national forest. Partners including Georgia Forestry Commission, Lumpkin County Fire Department and Georgia Department of Natural Resources are assisting in the response.
Southbound thru-hikers were being warned by authorities.
You may call Judy Toppins at 770-297-3061 for additional information.
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