Fire causes evacution of horses from GIHP

CONYERS — A brush fire burned several acres Friday afternoon and caused the evacuation of horses at the Georgia International Horse Park.

The fire occurred at about 2:30 p.m. in the area of Gees Mill and Sigman roads and just south of the Horse Park. Authorities believe the fire was caused from a spark from a power surge in the area.

Smoke from the fire enveloped the area and motorists for a time were urged to avoid the area due to road closures. Fire fighting units had the fire completely contained by late afternoon Friday. Fire fighters stayed on scene for several hours dousing hot spots, according to the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office.

“Some horses were evacuated from area pastures to the GIHP, however, no homes or residents were evacuated,” said RCSO Dep. Holly Lafontaine in a statement. “No injuries have been reported and no structural damage at this time.”

Rockdale County Fire and Rescue had 30 fire fighters and other personnel respond to the fire. Fire department units from Newton and Walton also responded to the fire. A total of ten units, four from Rockdale and one each from Walton and Newton counties, responded to the incident.