Officials say brush fires are unrelated

Photo by Kristen Ralph

Photo by Kristen Ralph

LOGANVILLE -- No foul play is suspected in the second multi-acre brush fire in southeast Gwinnett County in as many days, officials said.

A fast-moving fire in a dense wooded area at 2856 Langley Road in Loganville scorched four acres of land before fire crews brought it under control about 7 p.m. Monday, said Fire Department spokesman Capt. Thomas Rutledge.

The blaze threatened several houses in a nearby subdivision, but firefighters were able to limit damage to a wooded privacy fence after calling in a Georgia Forestry tractor crew to cut breaks, thwarting the fire's progress, Rutledge said.

A cause hasn't been determined, but "there appears to be no foul play, and the incident isn't under any active investigation," Rutledge said Tuesday.

Steady winds and dense, dry vegetation "certainly contributed to the fire spread," he said.

The incident bore similarities to another sizable brush fire the day prior, about 10 miles away in Snellville.

That fire, reported at 1:50 p.m. Sunday, threatened three homes and other buildings while gobbling five acres of dense underbrush in a hilly, wooded area off Centerville Highway, officials said. No injuries or major property loss were reported in any incident.

Nothing suggests the two incidents are related, Rutledge said.