Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services responded to a brush fire Wednesday afternoon along Bates Drive in the eastern part of the county.

Shortly after 1 p.m. Wednesday, Cherokee County 911 dispatched several fire units to the brush fire. Firefighters arrived on scene to report that the fire in the woods was spreading fast and was covering between three to five acres of land. Mutual aid was also requested from neighboring agencies, including Forsyth County, Milton, Alpharetta and the Georgia Forestry Service.

The fire eventually traveled into the backyards of several homes, and at one time, approximately 20 houses were in danger from the fire, while several roads were also closed as a result. Georgia Forestry was able to create a break around the fire and it was contained shortly after 4 p.m.

Cherokee County Fire Investigator Cheri Collett stated that the fire was started from an illegal burn in a burn barrel. No injuries were reported and no homes were damaged from the fire.

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