Firefighters were dipatched to the scene of a fire in the woods between Meadowcreek High School and Vulcan rock quarry today at 11:10 a.m. Emergency crews remained at the scene until 3:30 p.m., when remaining hot spots were completely wet down, according to a Gwinnett Fire release.
Firefighters found the blaze behind the high school, at 4455 Steve Reynolds Blvd in an unincorporated area of Norcross, on a large hill that is approximately 150 feet tall. "Firefighters were challenged by the difficult terrain and steady winds," wrote Cpt. Tommy Rutledge of Gwinnett Fire and Emergency Services in a released statement.
The students were not threatened by the fire, according to the release. There were no interruptions or evacuations at the school.
About six to seven acres of steep terrain were scorched by the fire in the end, according to Rutledge.
The four fire engines dipatched to the scene stretched long fire hoses through the woods and also used fire rakes to contain the flames. A water tanker and tractor from Vulcan also pitched in to help control the fire, according to the release.