Fire Burns Island on Lake Lanier

The Cuyahoga River Caught Fire on June 22, 1969.
The Cuyahoga River Caught Fire on June 22, 1969.

Hall County Fire Chief David Kimbrell says a fire on a 10-acre island on Lake Lanier was allowed to burn itself out; primarily because the fire department has no “fire extinguishing capability” on Lake Lanier.

Officials said the fire might have originated from a campfire on the island.

Thankfully, the fire did not spread to our beloved Lake Lanier, unlike the time the Cuyahoga River in Ohio caught fire when a spark from a passing train set that waterway ablaze.

Campfire Guidelines

  • Allow the wood to burn completely to ash, if possible
  • Pour lots of water on the fire, drown ALL embers, not just the red ones
  • Pour until hissing sound stops
  • Stir the campfire ashes and embers with a shovel
  • Scrape the sticks and logs to remove any embers
  • Stir and make sure everything is wet and they are cold to the touch
  • If you do not have water, use dirt. Mix enough dirt or sand with the embers.

Continue adding and stirring until all material is cool.  Remember: do NOT bury the fire as the fire will continue to smolder and could catch roots on fire that will eventually get to the surface and start a wildfire.

Only you can prevent forest fires.

About Author

Robert J. Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life in Gainesville, GA.
Robert has two adult daughters, seven practically perfect grandchildren and a zippy Kawasaki. Contact Robert at [email protected].

You may also like...

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *