More ET fires break out amid drought conditions

Oct. 18, 2016: Fire officials say a Scott County wildfire that forced some homeowners to evacuate is now under control.

UPDATE: Amid abnormally dry conditions, Scott County fire authorities report two more fires they're fighting in the border county.

On Tuesday, a wildfire broke out in the West Robbins community, southeast of Rugby and south of Huntsville. Multiple fire companies were dispatched to help fight the fire, and some residents were evacuated as a precaution.

Firefighters brought that blaze under control by Tuesday night.

Two more fires were reported Wednesday in Scott County. The extent was unknown.

East Tennessee has seen an outbreak of fires in recent days. The region is in a drought and some parts, such as the Chattanooga area, are in a severe drought.

A brush/grass fire was reported Wednesday on Interstate 40 West at mile marker 401 in Knox County.

State crews also were fighting a forest fire with federal crews in Monroe County.

And in Campbell County, dispatchers said crews continued to fight a fire at the Devil's Racetrack hiking area near Caryville.

In Roane County, a fire that worked its way Monday up Rockwood Mountain along Interstate 40 is out. Officials suspect it was caused by tossed debris or some other accidental means.

PREVIOUS STORY: Scott County fire officials say a wildfire that prompted them to evacuate some residents from the area is now under control. 

The fire is located in the West Robbins community southeast of Rugby near the intersection of highways 52 and 27.

Wind-driven flames were making it difficult for firefighters to knock down the flames, but the wind died down later Tuesday evening, said Assistant Fire Chief Eddie Terry.

Officials evacuated some residents Tuesday evening to ensure they didn't get caught in the path of the blaze. No homes were burned. 

Terry told WBIR 10News a firefighter in the field said it was one of the worst fires he's seen while working for the department.

About a half dozen fire departments responded, including Huntsville, Scott County and Sunbright. Some departments from Kentucky were also summoned for help. 

(© 2016 WBIR)


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