Effective immediately, the campfire restriction placed on multiple Georgia wildlife management areas in late October has been lifted, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.
The announcement follows significant rainfall that helped douse wildfires and lower the risk of new fires. The restrictions put in place by DNR had affected the following WMAs:
Allatoona, Arrowhead, B.F. Grant, Berry College, Blanton Creek, Broad River, Buck Shoals, Clybel, Conasauga River, Coosawattee, Coosawattee – Carter’s Lake, Crockford-Pigeon Mountain, Dawson Forest, Elbert County, Fishing Creek, Hart County, J.L. Lester, Joe Kurz, Lower Broad River, Lula Bridge, McGraw Ford, Oconee, Otting, Paulding Forest, Pine Log, Rich Mountain (state-owned tracts), Sheffield, Soap Creek, West Point, Wilson Shoals and Zahnd.
The U.S. Forest Service also has lifted its forest-wide fire restriction provision in effect on the Chattahoochee and Oconee national forests since Nov. 8. WMAs on national forests and subject to the Forest Service’s fire policy include Cohutta, Johns Mountain, Rich Mountain, Blue Ridge, Chattahoochee, Chestatee, Coopers Creek, Lake Russell, Swallow Creek, Warwoman, Redlands and Cedar Creek.
Agencies advise continued caution when building, maintaining and putting out campfires. Forest Service campfire safety tips are available at https://smokeybear.com/en/prevention-how-tos/campfire-safety.
For more information on Georgia WMAs, visit www.georgiawildlife.com/Hunting/WMAnews.