ANDERSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WATE) — Firefighters are battling a 300-acre wildfire on Windrock Mountain, according to the Anderson County Mayor’s Office.
Friday afternoon, a spokesperson from the mayor’s office shared that crews initially responded to reports of multiple brush fires Thursday night around 8:13 p.m., but determined it was one fire seen from multiple areas.
According to the Division of Forestry’s wildfire map, the fire on Windrock Mountain was 328 acres and 95% contained as of 6:15 p.m. Sunday.
“Forestry plans to implement some fire lines while still utilizing the natural fire breaks of the trails,” Anderson County EMA Director Brice Kidwell said. “They do plan on back-burning at some point today, if the weather permits, so there could be an uptick in smoke. We ask that residents please keep in mind that we may receive rain but nothing significant enough that would allow them to burn any outdoor debris.”
Overnight, the Marlow Volunteer Fire Department shared that it, along with neighboring fire departments and the Tennessee Division of Forestry and Anderson County Emergency Management Agency, were working on the fire on Windrock Mountain.
“Our crews are working to get the fire lines placed around the fire, but the fire will be visible for some time.” Marlow Volunteer Fire Department said.
Oliver Springs Fire Department also shared that it responded to the Windrock Mountain fire after spending hours containing a fire caused by a tree falling on electric wires on Thursday. According to OSFD’s post on social media, the fire was threatening an oil well.
The fire was visible from Dutch Valley, Oak Ridge, and Roane County, according to the Marlow Volunteer Fire Department.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been updated with new information.