State officials search for cause in recent rash of forest fires

State officials search for cause in recent rash of forest fires



KNOXVILLE (WATE) - State officials are teaming up with local law enforcement agencies to solve a rash of recent arsons. 

State Foresters say they've seen arson related forest fires in Anderson, Campbell, Hawkins and Scott Counties recently. 

"Arson accounts for the majority of acres burned from forest fires in Tennessee. These fires can spread quickly this time of year and endanger human life and property," said State Forester Jere Jeter.

So far this year, a total of 1,136 fires have burned 18,935 acres in the state from all causes. Arson accounted for 393 of those fires, burning nearly 14,000 acres across Tennessee.

They're reminding Tennesseans that cash rewards are available for information leading to the conviction of those responsible for setting a fire. 

Anyone with information about suspected arson activity should call the state Fire Marshal's Arson Hotline toll-free at (800) 762-3017.


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