UPDATED 11/30 - USDA Forest Service Responds to Black Mountain Wildfire

Contact(s): Judy Toppins, (770) 312-2823

Update 11/30/2012, 6:30 a.m.

The Black Mountain Fire is now 100% contained, and all closures have been lifted.  Appalachian Trail and approach trail now fully open.


Update 11/28/2012, 10:30 a.m.

The Black Mountain Fire is now 85% contained, with full containment expected. Trail and road closures may be lifted as soon as Friday. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Continue to check here for updates, and view the most recent map of the fire location.  


Update 11/27/2012, 9:30 a.m

The Black Mountain Fire is now 75% contained, and officials expect it to be fully contained tomorrow.  Light overnight rains have provided favorable conditions for controlling the fire.  The fire has burned around 350 acres within a 425 acre containment area.  No structures are threatened.  Temporary trail and road closures are still in place, but will be lifted as soon as it is safe for hikers and forest visitors to enter the area.

An updated map displaying the fire location and closures can be viewed here.  Continue to check here for updates.



The U.S. Forest Service and partners are responding 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. The fire was first reported on November 24 around 7:00 p.m. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Officials have not identified any structures being threatened at this time. The wildfire is not threatening Amicalola Falls State Park or Len Foote Hike Inn.

Officials are advising the public to avoid the area. A temporary closure has been issued for the Appalachian Trail approach trail from its crossing on forest road 28-2 at Nimblewill Gap to the Springer Mountain trailhead parking area on forest road 42, including the Black Mountain trail shelter. Forest road 46 is also temporarily closed between Nimblewill Gap and High Shoals Church Road.

View vicinity and local area maps showing the location of the Black Mountain Fire.

Forest Service firefighters emerge at Nimblewill Gap after a day of battling the Black Mountain Fire

U.S. Forest Service firefighters emerge at Nimblewill Gap on the Appalachian Trail approach trail after a day of battling the Black Mountain Fire, November 27, 2012.

The Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests provide the finest outdoor recreation opportunities and natural resources in Georgia. Featuring nearly 867,000 acres across 26 counties, hundreds of miles of clear-running streams and rivers, approximately 850 miles of recreation trails, and dozens of campgrounds, picnic areas, and other recreation activity opportunities, these lands are rich in natural scenery, history and culture. The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests is part of the Southern Region, with the Forest Supervisor’s office in Gainesville, Georgia, managing four District units in Blairsville (Blue Ridge District), Lakemont (Chattooga River District), Chatsworth (Conasauga District), and Eatonton (Oconee District).