ANDERSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WATE) — County and state officials are on the scene as crews battle a 160-acre wildfire in Anderson County near the city of Rocky Top, according to a spokesperson for the Anderson County Mayor’s office.
The fire between Andy’s Ridge and Walden’s Ridge was reported just after 6 p.m. Saturday. As of 10 a.m. on Tuesday, the Forestry Service said the fire was 210 acres and 75% contained.
“Most of the smoke now is from Forestry back-burning to reduce the fire load,” Anderson County Emergency Management Agency Director Brice Kidwell said.
Kidwell added that smoke from the wildfire “probably will be lingering over the area for the next few days.” The local fire agencies who responded to the fire have been released from the scene. However, local agencies are still keeping a close eye on the area, according to Kidwell.
The Mayor’s office shared an update at 5:30 p.m. Sunday saying the fire had grown from an estimated 100 acres to an estimated 160 acres, but it was 40 percent contained according to the Tennessee Division of Forestry and Anderson County Emergency Management Agency.
Sunday evening, the Tennessee Department of Forestry reported that the fire could be larger than 160 acres and that the Rocky Top Fire Department was patrolling the area to watch for any structures that might be endangered by the flames.
Anderson County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Shain Vowell shared Sunday evening that the fire was slowly being contained by firefighters. The Tennessee Department of Forestry added that they would be back on the scene Monday morning to help establish more lines around the fire.
The Mayor’s office said no structures were in danger of the fire at that time, and the cause of the fire was not known.
Sunday afternoon, Vowell shared in a video posted on ACSO’s Facebook Page that the fire was on Walden’s Ridge above Wiley Cemetery Road. He added that there have been no injuries or personal property damage reported.
Anderson County Emergency Management Agency, Tennessee Division of Forestry, Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, Rocky Top Fire Department, Medford Volunteer Fire Department, Marlow Volunteer Fire Department, and Norris Fire Department are on the scene.
The Mayor’s office added that members of the public can receive updates from the scene by downloading the Anderson County E-911 app, which is available on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been updated with new information.