Firefighters work to contain, extinguish more fires across East

Firefighters work to contain, extinguish more fires across East Tenn.

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Crews continue to battle fires across East Tennessee as the fire dangers increase, according to the Forestry Division of the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.

The Sunday forecast includes low humidity and gusty winds in higher elevations, which only makes it harder for firefighters to extinguish and contain the blazes.

Four fires in Campbell and Scott counties burned 205 acres of land on Saturday. These were suspected arson.

Firefighters responded to three fires in Campbell County along Highway 25 and the Cumberland Trail. Forestry personnel, the LaFollette City Fire Department, and county volunteer fire departments extinguished these blazes which were kept to less than 15 acres. Two firefighters were slightly injured during the process.

A Scott County fire burned on Brimstone Mountain and Norma Road, where there have been repeated arson sets.

Crews will be out containing and improving lines on Sunday of fires in Walden Ridge, Briceville by Highway 116 and Westborne Mountain.

For more information about fires in the state, burn permits, FIREWISE information, or safety tips, you can go to www.burnsafetn.org. Also, if you have information about suspected arson activity, call the Fire Marshal's Arson Hotline toll-free at 1-800-762-3017.

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