Cherokee Forest Fire near Tellico Plains & Cherohala Skyway

TELLICO PLAINS, Tennessee (WDEF) – A third forest fire has hit the southern part of the Cherokee National Forest.

Foresters were already battling two different fires in the northeast Tennessee mountains.

Now they report a third fire is burning about 270 acres ten miles southeast of Tellico Plains.

They classify it as a large, type 4 fire with only 15% containment.

Forest officials say that dead standing timber and smoke are the dangers in the area.

The smoke could be a problem for drivers on the Cherohala Skyway.

“We want to remind the public that ground conditions are very dry right now,” said Forest Fire Management Officer Trent Girard.

 

Meanwhile, the Mill Creek Fire above Knoxville is threatening some structures and I-40 traffic.

One lane has been closed to allow emergency access for firefighters.

120 acres have been burned and the fire is approaching the welcome center in Cocke County.

“Courtesy of Tennessee Department of Agriculture”

The Forest Service is sharing video of one of their helicopters dipping into the Pigeon River to dump water on the ridge over the Welcome Center.

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