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Firefighters gain control of Polk County blazes

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POLK COUNTY, TN. (WRCB) – Firefighters have gained control of three blazes in Polk County.

Cherokee National Forrest Spokeswoman Nina Barrow says 70 firefighters from USDA Forest Service, Tennessee Division of Forestry, and East and West Polk Volunteer Fire Departments continue to patrol the fires in extreme heat.

Hundreds of acres went up in flames since the fire began last week, including 223 acres near Goforth Creek east of Benton, 420 acres in the Iron Mountain Chase, just north of the Conasauga River, and 57 acres around Coon Creek.

Barrow says the fire near Coon Creek increased by seven acres Sunday night, but quick work by firefighters stopped the flames from growing any further.

The Conasauga River Trail is closed until Thursday.

The parking area at Goforth Creek has reopened.

Stay with WRCBtv.com for updates as they become available.

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