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Firefighters get upper hand on Polk County blazes

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POLK COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -- Approximately 100 firefighting personnel from USDA Forest Service, Tennessee Division of Forestry, and East and West Polk Volunteer Fire Departments are working to contain three wildfires in the Cherokee National Forest, Ocoee Ranger District.

The fires are burning in steep, rugged terrain. Firefighters are working in extreme heat conditions. Mop-up and patrol operations will continue today.

The Iron Mountain Chase one mile east of Willis Springs, north of Conasauga River and south of Peavine/Sheeds Creek Road, has consumed 420 aces and is 80% contained as of Sunday afternoon. The Conasauga River Trail (Trail #61) will be closed until Thursday, July 5 due to the fire.

The Goforth fire about seven miles east of Benton near Goforth Creek on Highway 64 is 100% contained.  The fire has covered over 223 acres.

The Coon Creek approximately 1 mile northwest of the McCroy 4H Camp, which has burned 50 acres, is also 100% contained.

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