Arson suspected in at least 8 wildfires

Arson suspected in at least 8 wildfires


KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Forestry Division is reporting several active fires across East Tennessee Saturday afternoon.

Officials say that dry conditions along with high winds Friday night brought about some eleven wildfires consuming over 700 acres.

At this time, the fires are still burning in Monroe, Morgan and Washington counties. Investigators say they believe 8 to be caused by arson, 2 from escaped debris and 1 from suspected smoking.

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

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