With multiple incidents and a “red flag warning” in effect, Dawson County Fire and Emergency Services crews had their hands full last Saturday.
On the morning of March 26, Dawson County personnel responded to a large 16-acre brush fire off Ga. 136 West and Burt Creek Road, according to a March 27 news release.
Georgia Forestry personnel assisted and luckily all firefighters were able to contain the fire and prevent structures from being damaged or destroyed. A total of two fire companies, a brush truck, a tender, a medical unit and several other support vehicles responded to the scene.
Fires can spread quickly in “red flag” weather, which includes high winds and low humidity.
Shortly after the roadside fire call, crew also arrived at the scene of a vehicle accident with entrapment on Kelly Bridge Road. Two fire engines and medical units each responded to assist 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 Fieldstone Court in the Chestatee Subdivision. Upon arrival, they observed flames shooting 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 said the fire started because of an unintentional spark from the chimney. No injuries were reported in the fire.
“We are very grateful to the agencies that have provided assistance during this busy time,” Dawson County Thompon said in the news release. “Big Canoe Fire responded and helped extinguish a brush fire off the State Tate Highway. Georgia Forestry and Forsyth County Fires also provided assistance during this very busy time.