Scott Co. fire forces evacuations

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ONEIDA, Tenn. (WVLT) - A wildfire spanning 175 acres in Scott County was so intense, that all nine fire departments in the county plus three from Morgan County were asked to respond.

The fire started burning around 3:00 p.m. Tuesday afternoon in the West Robbins community in the southwest part of Scott County, just south of Big South Fork.

Investigators said 12 departments helped contain and control the fire that at one point threatened four homes along West Robbins Road off of Bowling Road. The people living in those homes were evacuated but later allowed to return once the threat diminished.

The 12 responding departments left the scene by 9:00 p.m. Tuesday, but the Tennessee Division of Forestry stayed to monitor the fire that was described as under control.