Fire burns approximately 100 acres
Iva Butler (email@example.com)
That's what Blount County Fire Captain Johnny Leatherwood said Monday morning after a well-timed rain brought an end to a Rockford forest fire. The fire burned 100 acres owned by the Koella family between Self Hollow and Hollybrook roads.
“Without the rain we would have been there a week or more,” Leatherwood said.
The firefighters got the call from 911 at 2:16 a.m. today and were on the scene until 6:10 a.m. The fire was under control at 5:30 a.m. when it started to rain, Leatherwood said.
No structures were threatened, the nearest home being 200 yards away. Tennessee Division of Forestry was still on the scene after Blount firefighters left. “They are going in after daylight and plow some lines in case burning logs roll down the hill and cause another fire,” he said.
Blount County sent 10 firefighters and four trucks to the scene. Forestry brought four plows. Leatherwood said the cause of the fire is unknown. There was a great deal of dead timber in the area. Also on scene was Blunt County Sheriff’s Office deputies.