8 wildfires in East Tennessee being investigated as arson

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Multiple wildfires have burned in East Tennessee since Friday, and Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Forestry Division officials believe some were intentionally set.

Of the 11 fires that have scorched 753.1 acres, officials say eight are being investigated as arson.

The largest is in Monroe County, where 380 acres have burned near Cooper Hollow Road.

Two suspected arson fires have burned over 200 acres in Washington County, near the Greene/Sullivan county line.

A 100 acre fire is burning in Morgan County on Ervin Brown Road, while a 25 acre blaze is near Nydeck Road.

Those with information on any suspected arson wildfires are asked to call the Tennessee Arson Hotline at 1-800-762-3017.

Some precautions to take when doing outdoor burning include: having assistance on hand to help with burning, having tools to maintain the fire and water if available, watching the weather, burning away from dry grass or forested areas, and getting a burn permit from the Division of Forestry.


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