According to a news report, Forest fire contained in Unicoi Co., 3 other reports of forest fires, there are many wildfires right now in Tennessee and North Carolina. One fire a 47-acre blaze was spotted close to the Cherokee National Forest in Unicoi County, Tennessee. Other fires were located in Walnut Mountain, off of Denton Valley Road off of US Highway 421 and according to another news article in Flipper Bend, Tennessee. A wildfire is also burning in Georgia close to the Tennessee state line.
One wildfire in Church Hill, Tennessee trapped firefighters and a civilian. The fire located between Mountain View Road and Laurel Run Park Road trapped firefighters from Goshen Valley and Carters Valley Fire Department who were able to locate the missing person but themselves became trapped by the fire. One civilian and one firefighter were injured.
The article indicated that because of weather conditions there have been fire restrictions that limit the use of outdoor fires in the Cherokee National Forest since October 29th. According to the article, “Effective October 29, 2016, the following fire restrictions are in place for the entire Cherokee National Forest (approximately 655,000 acres) until terminated by the U.S. Forest Service:
- Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire or charcoal fire outside of developed recreation areas. The use of portable lanterns, stoves or heating equipment that utilize gas or pressurized liquid fuel is allowed.
- Fires at developed recreation areas must be confined to receptacles designed for fire. Metal fire rings and grills are provided in Cherokee National Forest developed recreation areas. Campfires should always be put out and cold to the touch before left for any period of time.”
NASA image of the wildfires in Tennessee and Georgia