KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Knox County crews on Monday contained a wildland fire in the Choto Landing community on Fort Loudoun Lake.
Firefighters responded to the scene of a brush fire near Duck Cove Drive in the area of the Choto Landing community Tuesday afternoon. Rural Metro Fire spokesperson Jeff Bagwell said just before 9 p.m. that the fire, which was estimated to be 24 acres in size, was 100% contained.
The blaze was fueled by heavy leaves and underbrush, Bagwell said. A Tennessee Division of Forestry crew of 19 personnel and several dozers responded to the scene.
Bagwell added that there was structures under threat earlier in the day but measures were put in place to protect them.
“At least 5 Fire companies were on scene with several off duty personnel responding,” Bagwell said in a press release. “The terrain was tough up against the water edge and the fire was fueled by heavy leaves and underbrush. Really tough and dangerous work by our crews!
Bagwell said that a Knox County burn ban will likely remain in effect on Wednesday and urged the public to avoid starting fires outside for the time being.