East Tennessee wildfire update

On Saturday, the Tennessee Division of Foresty responded to four new fires located in Campbell and Scott Counties, near existing fires along Smokey Creek Rd. in Scott County, and the north of Lafollette on Highway 25 going toward Jellico in Campbell County. These fires burned a total of 205 acres, and all were suspected arson.

Three new fires in Campbell were set along Highway 25 and the Cumberland trail, with a mile of the Ivydale fire, which has burned a total of approximately 150 acres. Thanks to the response by Forestry personnel, LaFollette City fire department and county volunteer fire departments, the new blazes were quickly extinguished and kept to less than 15 acres.

Two firefighters were slightly injured suppressing these fires. Scott County fire burned on Brimstone Mt and Norma Rd, where there have also been repeated arson sets. Waldens Ridge in Anderson County had a breakout which was contained and crews will be improving lines today. The Briceville fire on Highway 116 will also be rechecked.

Sudnay morning, Forestry crews will be rechecking fires in Anderson, Scott and Campbell counties, and working to get containment lines around the large Westborne Mountain fire in Campbell County.

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