The U. S. Forestry Department is in route to a large brush fire this afternoon in the are of 8395 Haywood Valley Road to assist local firefighters in what is being described as a "very large brush fire."  According to radio traffic the burn was not a prescribed or controlled burn.  Firefighters on the scene are not sure what caused the fire.  Request for a bull dozer from the Forestry Service came in earlier this afternoon and the equipment is on it’s way to the fire.  There is currently around 10 acres on fire in the area.   AM 1180 will have more information as it becomes available.

Northwest Georgia is under a Fire Weather Watch issued by the National Weather Service:

Issued by The National Weather Service
Atlanta, GA
2:42 pm EST, Thu., Feb. 25, 2010

… RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM EST THIS EVENING FOR LOW HUMIDITIES AND GUSTY WINDS FOR NORTH AND CENTRAL GEORGIA… … RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON TO 7 PM EST FRIDAY FOR LOW HUMIDITIES FOR NORTH AND CENTRAL GEORGIA… … FIRE WEATHER WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH SATURDAY EVENING FOR LOW HUMIDITIES FOR NORTH AND CENTRAL GEORGIA…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PEACHTREE CITY HAS ISSUED A RED FLAG WARNING… WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TO 7 PM EST FRIDAY. THIS REPLACES THE FIRE WEATHER WATCH THAT HAD BEEN IN PLACE FOR FRIDAY AFTERNOON. A FIRE WEATHER WATCH HAS NOW BEEN ISSUED FOR SATURDAY AFTERNOON FOR NORTH AND CENTRAL GEORGIA. A RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM EST THIS EVENING.

FOR THE REST OF THIS AFTERNOON… DRY FUEL MOISTURE CONDITIONS WILL COMBINE WITH RELATIVE HUMIDITIES OF 20 TO 25 PERCENT AND NORTHWEST WINDS OF 15 TO 30 MPH TO CREATE DANGEROUS FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS.

THIS WARNING INCLUDES THE CHATTAHOOCHEE AND OCONEE NATIONAL FORESTS.

ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY… DRY FUEL MOISTURE CONDITIONS WILL COMBINE WITH RELATIVE HUMIDITIES OF 15 TO 20 PERCENT AND NORTHWEST WINDS OF 10 TO 20 MPH TO CREATE DANGEROUS FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS.

THE RED FLAG WARNING ON FRIDAY AND THE FIRE WEATHER WATCH ON SATURDAY INCLUDES THE CHATTAHOOCHEE AND OCONEE NATIONAL FORESTS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EITHER OCCURRING… OR WILL OCCUR WITHIN 36 HOURS.

A FIRE WEATHER WATCH MEANS THAT THERE IS HIGH POTENTIAL FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS IN 12 TO 96 HOURS. LISTEN FOR LATER FORECASTS AND POSSIBLE RED FLAG WARNINGS.

PLEASE REFER TO THE LOCAL BURN PERMITTING AUTHORITIES ON WHETHER YOU MAY BURN OUTDOORS. IF YOU DO BURN OUTSIDE… USE EXTREME CAUTION.

PLEASE ADVISE THE APPROPRIATE OFFICIALS OR FIRE CREWS IN THE FIELD OF THE FIRE WEATHER WATCH.