Cumberland Island Fire Holding at 45 Acres | Environment
Yeaterday morning around 7:00 A.M. Cumberland Island National Seashore Fire Management Officials were notified by Camden County 911 of visible smoke.
When firefighters arrived on scene, they found a small fire burning in mixed vegetation including grasses and trees in the Willow Pond area. Firefighting crews including the National Park Service, Camden County Fire and Rescue and Georgia Forestry, responded quickly to contain and monitor the blaze.
By mid-afternoon the fire was holding on the south end at the Willow Pond Trail and was being monitored for additional fire behavior and growth.
At this time, the Hickory Hill Fire is not rapidly growing and is approximately 45 acres. Additional firefighters have been requested and will be on scene today.
“We are concerned for the safety of our visitors and our firefighters and have closed the areas of the park most directly affected by the fire. This includes the area east of Grand Avenue from the Stafford Plantation Road north to the Duck House Trail. Yankee Paradise Campground, Hickory Hill Campground and the connecting trails of Parallel, Yankee Paradise and Willow Pond are also in the closure area. These areas will remain closed until we can safely open them to the public. Visitors to the island should check at the Sea Camp Ranger Station for the most recent trail closures as the fire is dynamic and trail closures may change rapidly.” said Park Superintendent Fred Boyles.
The cause of the fire is unknown and is currently under investigation.