Fire scorches 200 acres of Grainger County mountain

Fire scorches 200 acres of Grainger County mountain

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Firefighting crews were on the mountains until about 1 a.m. Wednesday morning. (source: Mark Lemons) Firefighting crews were on the mountains until about 1 a.m. Wednesday morning. (source: Mark Lemons)
About 200 acres burned on the mountain Tuesday. (source: Samuel Paul Jones) About 200 acres burned on the mountain Tuesday. (source: Samuel Paul Jones)

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

RUTLEDGE (WATE) - Forestry crews are headed back to Joppa Mountain in Grainger County after about 200 acres burned there Tuesday.

Firefighting crews were on the mountains until about 1 a.m. Wednesday morning putting down fire lines and knocking down flames.

By early Wednesday flames were not visible, but smoke still hung in the air.

A light rain in the area helped firefighters, but they say hot spots remain that will need to be checked.

State forestry spokesman Nathan Waters said Wednesday afternoon that crews had cut a fire line around the fire and were waiting for it to burn out.

Waters said they expect the fire to burn out late Wednesday or sometime Thursday.

Nearby residents said they were worried about flames getting near Joppa Elementary School, but no structures were burned in the fire.

Some structures were near the fire line, but Waters said they were protected. The majority of the fire is on the ridge top where fewer structures are located.

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