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Campfire sparks Sequatchie blaze

SEQUATCHIE COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -- Nearly 30 acres of forest in Sequatchie County lay charred in ruins after a blaze raged through the area Sunday evening.

Zack Brown with the Loan Oak Volunteer Fire Department said, "We jumped on it as soon as we could, but 20 mile per hour winds are strong so it got out of control and the forestry helped out."

Lone Oak Fire along with several other agencies fought the flames for nearly eight hours.

Monday, hotspots still burned on the ground.

The Tennessee Forestry Division brought heavy equipment to contain the fire.

The dry conditions from a nearly rainless month have made fire conditions very hazardous.

We're told this fire broke its containment area causing more headache for firefighters.

Firefighter Chris Fisk said, "When it came over the radio, they said it was about 100 acres. They said it jumped their breaks and spread more."

As the hot spots continue to burn, caution is urged against unnecessary burning.

Brown said, "We haven't had any rain in a long time and once it starts, it can get away from you."

A burn permit is not required until October but avoiding unnecessary burning is always safest.

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