Tazewell-New Tazewell Fire Department, others responded to brush fire near Flea Market

Published 10:43 am Thursday, March 18, 2021

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March 10 at 1415 TNT was requested by North Tazewell to respond to the Flea Market on Highway 25e and assist with a brush fire.

When we arrived we found a well advanced fire in the woods due to dry conditions and wind.

Upon size up, the dozer from Tennessee Forestry got stuck due to a jammed winch and requested us to start working to put a hand line around the fire. Due to the terrain this took some time but was accomplished toward the end of the call.

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By then, the dozer was able to be freed up and backed up our hand line and widened the area around the fire. While operating on the ridge line we noticed a smoke column coming from the harbor road area. Command asked if there was any reports or calls about a fire in that area and they advised they just took a call.

Upon arrival units found two homes threatened from the fire and a fast moving fire due to high winds. The fire was brought under control about an hour after dispatch and units were in service around 6:00 and clear of both calls.

Springdale Volunteer Fire Department,  Harrogate Fire Department and South Claiborne Volunteer Fire Department also responded to assist with the fires.

By Staff Report