UPDATE: As of Wednesday afternoon, fire officials report the Laurel Lick fire is 100% contained.
This, from Brooks Smith, a Department of Agriculture Area forester for Knox, Anderson and Sevier counties.
UPDATE: As of Tuesday night, the fire in the Laurel Lick area of Sevier County is now 95% contained according to the Sevier County Emergency Management Agency.
SCEMA made the announcement Tuesday night around 8 p.m. Firefighters and state agencies have been battling the blaze that remains about 25 acres in size since Saturday.
According to Pigeon Forge Fire Department Chief Tony Watson, the fire was started by a lightning strike. Smoke is still expected to be seen for the next few days until the flames are completely put out. No structures are threatened at this time.
Members of the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry, the National Park Service, and firefighters remain on the scene.
SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Sevier County fire officials say they now believe the flames could burn for a few more days.
Authorities have monitored this brush fire since it began out in a remote part of the county over the weekend. It is now 80 percent contained.
A U.S. Forest Service helicopter was seen making several trips from Douglas Lake to the fire site.
The Pigeon Forge Fire Chief Tony Watson says he was actually hoping for a little more rain Monday. He says the weather and increased humidity are helping keep things from getting worse.
“A good hard rain would make a big difference. Any kind of moisture is going to help us,” said Watson. “This humidity being up as high as it is right now, that helps us with fire growth. A lot of things we’re having in there is just stubborn stumps in there or snags that are burning hard and maybe falling across the line.”
This fire is not currently threatening any properties. While the chief says there is no definitive cause at this point, he believes the fire was most likely caused by a lightning strike.