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Man arrested for setting wildfire

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By WRCB Staff

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – An investigator with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture's Ag Crime Unit has arrested a Marion County, Tenn. man on a charge of setting fire to personal property and land. 

Harvey William Nolan Jr., 38, of 460 Lee Morrison Road, Whitwell, Tenn., was taken into custody at the Marion County jail on Nov. 12.

According to witnesses, Nolan was observed setting fire to unburned woods owned by RGGS Land & Minerals Ltd. in an area where more than 100 acres burned the day before. The fire was contained by state Division of Forestry firefighters. 

Nolan was released on a $2,000 bond. A court hearing has been set for Dec. 29 in Marion County.

So far this year, 632 wildland fires caused by arson have burned nearly 12,000 acres in Tennessee.  A total of 20,872 acres have burned in the state this year from all causes.

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