Saturday, August 18, 2012

Trinity Ridge Fire: 5 Percent Contained, Shelters Opened

Posted By on Sat, Aug 18, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Trinity Ridge Fire is only 5 percent contained.

More than 1,000 firefighting personnel are battling the Trinity Ridge Fire today, which was only 5 percent contained as of sunrise. To date, the blaze has scorched 72,594 acres, injured five fire personnel, destroyed four structures, and cost more than $9 million. Unfortunately, officials worry that the worst is yet to come.

Fire crews are expected to construct a fire line Saturday to try to protect the nearby towns of Pine and Featherville.

Dutch Creek, Swanholm, Weatherby and Queen River campgrounds have all been evacuated. All those with respiratory health conditions in Atlanta have also been advised to evacuate the area. All roads in and out of Atlanta are closed to all traffic except for fire support personnel.

But perhaps the latest photograph supplied by the U.S. Forest Service says it all: a structure just several feet away from pine trees that have gone up in flames like so many matchsticks.

Meanwhile, the American Red Cross will be opening shelters in the Featherville-Pine areas today. Meals are expected to be offered to evacuees—one at noon and another at 6 p.m.—at the Pine Senior Center on Pine-Featherville Road. Overnight shelters will be offered at the Pine Senior Center and another at the Pine Resort. Red Cross caseworkers will also be assisting fire victims to meet their immediate needs.

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