Intense wildfire controlled by Bartow Fire, other agencies
by Amanda Stegall
Feb 20, 2011 | 4729 views | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The smoke and fire from Saturday's brush fire between Cartersville and Emerson as seen from the top of the hiking trail at Pine Mountain Recreation Area.
SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
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An undetermined spark ignited an out-of-control blaze between Cartersville and Emerson near the Etowah River and U.S. Highway 41 and Ga. State Route 293 Saturday afternoon at approximately 1 p.m.

Highway 41 was blocked a short time later until just after control was obtained and fires extinguished just before 5 p.m. A section of Highway 293 also was closed about an hour later.

Nearly all emergency agencies responded to help the Bartow County Fire Department, including the Bartow County Sheriff's Office, Cartersville police, the Georgia Forestry Commission, CSX Railways, Cartersville Fire and the Georgia State Patrol, which helped control the traffic flow through a detour to avoid billowing smoke and limited visibility.

Bartow County Fire Stations 4, 6, 9 and 12 were on scene along with Engine 1 and Ladder 1, later to be accompanied by two engines from the City of Cartersville Fire Department.

"We had two engines respond between 1 -- 1:30 p.m.," said City of Cartersville Fire Department Battalion Chief Marty Cornwell.

The blaze spread across approximately 200 to 300 acres down to the river, including trees as well as grassy areas and other vegetation on a south-western course from the point of origin. Air assistance was originally requested to be available on stand-by, but firefighters were able to control the wildfire before the extra emergency personnel were required. Part of the railway was also involved, but any possible damages have not officially been reported by CSX. Trains were seen using the rail line as usual.

More information is expected to be released after an investigation of the scene is completed.