With multiple incidents and a “Red Flag Warning” in effect, crews from Dawson County Fire and Emergency Services had their hands full this past Saturday.
During the morning of March 26, Dawson County personnel responded to a large, 16-acre brush fire off of Ga. 136 West and Burt Creek Road, according to a March 27 press release.
Georgia Forestry personnel assisted, and fortunately, all fire responders were able to contain the fire and prevent structures from getting damaged or destroyed. In total, two fire engine companies, a brush truck, tender, medical unit and several other support vehicles responded to the scene.
Fires can spread rapidly during “Red Flag” weather, which includes high winds and low humidity.
Not long after the roadside fire call, crew also arrived on scene of a vehicle wreck with entrapment on Kelly Bridge Road. Two fire engines and medical units each responded to help with the extrication. Dawson County EMS transported patients from the scene to Northeast Georgia Medical Center.
Then, about 30 minutes after that call, multiple fire crews responded to a house fire off of Fieldstone Court within the Chestatee subdivision. Upon arrival, they observed flames streaming from the roof. Several handlines and a ladder truck were used to reach the flames and quickly bring the fire under control.
Fire Chief Danny Thompon added that the fire started due to an unintentional spark from the chimney. No injuries were reported from the blaze.
“We are very thankful to the agencies who provided aid during this busy time,” Dawson County Thompon said in the press release. “Big Canoe Fire responded and helped extinguish a brush fire off State Tate Highway. Georgia Forestry and Forsyth County fire also provided aid during this very busy time period.”