Unicoi Wildfire Monday morning update

Press Release


WHITE COUNTY, Ga. – White County Public Safety Director David Murphy provided the following update on the Unicoi Wildfire that has now burned 180 acres of forest land.

Estimated acres burned/involved = 180

USFS crews worked through the night keeping lines in tow. The reports are very good on the containment. Weather will play a significant role today as low relative humidity and wind speeds are concerned.

Unicoi left flank Division Alpha on top ridge is of primary concern with winds pushing into this area.

USFS and GFC will be working this event through the day. White County Fire Services will be on alert of structural protection. Additional stations have been manned today.

  1. Sullens assigned to Unified Command for liaison and support.

USFS PIO on site in ICP.

We continue with TYPE 3 Incident Command and Complexity.

Smith Creek Trail is closed.  Anna Ruby and Unicoi State Park is open but on alert for closure if necessary.

Planning meeting at 2PM at Unified Command.


Here is the latest update on winds and other parameters for the Unicoi Fire as of 6:15 AM Monday morning.

Winds: West-northwest surface winds will increase to 8-12 mph today with occasional gusts between 15-18 mph possible. On Tuesday, southeast surface winds will be relatively light (that is, generally under 5 mph).

Humidity: Relative humidity will bottom out around 25% this afternoon, mainly between 1 PM and 5 PM, and recover to 60% to 70% overnight into early Tuesday morning. Relative humidity will drop to around 35% mainly between 1 PM and 5 PM on Tuesday afternoon.

Sky Cover: No cloud cover is expected today. Some high clouds (cirrus) will be possible on Tuesday. Low-level cloud cover will increase on Wednesday, with Thursday being mostly cloudy to overcast.

Rain: There is a slight chance of rain showers on Wednesday afternoon and evening. Widespread showers are expected on Thursday with thunderstorms possible. Periods of moderate to heavy rain are expected, and accumulated rainfall from early Thursday morning to early Friday morning could total nearly 3 inches.

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