COCKE COUNTY, Tenn. — Update (4/1 at 4 p.m.): Cherokee National Forest said a wildfire at Chimney Rock near Weaver's Bend in Cocke County is now 90% contained as fire crews continue containment efforts.
The wildfire is approximately 180 acres and over five miles from Hot Springs, North Carolina. The fire remains within U.S. National Forest Service land and is currently not threatening private lands or structures.
Crews said smoke may be visible, and affected communities should remain aware of any smoke advisories and conditions.
There are 58 people, including the Asheville Interagency Hotshot Crew, assisting in fire suppression.
Several roads and trails in the area are closed:
- 54B Cummins Branch Road
- 54 Paint Mountain Road
- 209C Upper Wolf Creek Road
- 154 Chimney Rock
- 154A Paint Rock
- 7 Paint Mountain
The public is asked to not use unauthorized unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or drones, in a fire area.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.