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UPDATE: The latest on the Cherokee National Forest fire in Polk Co.

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A photo from Delano shows the heavy smoke in Polk County. Photo from Channel 3 viewer Peter Jeremiah Appanaitis A photo from Delano shows the heavy smoke in Polk County. Photo from Channel 3 viewer Peter Jeremiah Appanaitis
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UPDATE: The November 1 update from the U.S. Forest Service:

  • RATTLESNAKE HOLLOW FIRE: The Rattlesnake Hollow Fire is currently contained within established fire control lines. The control area is approximately 200 acres. The fire's perimeter is being patrolled and firefighters are checking for hot spots. The fie was first found on October 23 and is located in the Rock Creek Gorge on the southeast side of Chilhowee Mountain in Polk County. No structures or facilities are threatened. The cause of the fire is unknown.
  • WOLF CREEK FIRE: The Wolf Creek Fire was detected on October 29 and is located off McFarland Road (County RD 23—NFSR 23) in Polk County approximately 2 miles NW of Turtletown. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The fire has burned approximately 321 acres. Because of steep terrain, extremely dry conditions, and thick vegetation, the firefighters are working to keep the fire within a control perimeter of approximately 400 acres, using natural features, roads and firelines.
  • Resources currently assigned to the Wolf Creek Fire are: 1 Helicopter; 4 Fire Engines; 1 bulldozer; 2 crews; 1 Air Attack aircraft (observation); 31 Firefighters and support personnel.
  • RESTRICTIONS: Effective October 29, 2016 the following restrictions are in place for the entire Cherokee National Forest until terminated by the U.S. Forest Service: Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, camp fire or charcoal fire outside of developed recreation areas is prohibited. The use of portable lanterns, stoves or heating equipment that utilize gas or pressurized liquid fuel is allowed.
  • CLOSURES: Area closure for the Rattlesnake Fire remains in place. Area closure for Wolf Creek Fire was issued Tuesday. The McFarland Road 23 is open to through traffic. Caution - use extreme care when approaching the fire perimeter along McFarland Road, there will be smoke, fire crews and equipment in the area.  Motorists are advised to not stop near the fire.

PREVIOUS STORY: The U.S. Forest Service provided the following updates on the fires in Polk County:

  • RATTLESNAKE HOLLOW FIRE: The Rattlesnake Hollow Fire is currently contained within established fire control lines.  The control area is approximately 200 acres.  The fire perimeter  is being patrolled and  firefighters are checking for hot spots. The fire discovered  October 23 and is located  in the Rock Creek Gorge on the southeast side of Chilhowee Mountain in Polk County. No structures or facilities are threatened. The cause of the fire is unknown. The fire area closure remains in effect.  
  • WOLF CREEK FIRE:  The Wolf Creek Fire was spotted on October 29 and is located off  McFarland Road (County RD 23—NFSR 23) in Polk County approximately 2  miles northwest ofTurtletown. The cause of the fire is under investigation and has burned approximately 115 acres. Because of  steep terrain, extremely dry conditions, and thick vegetation firefighters are working to keep the fire within a control perimeter of approximately 400 acres using natural features, roads and firelines.  A helicopter; fire attack aircraft, four fire engines and 80 firefighters and support personnel on being used.

RESTRICTIONS: Effective October 29, 2016 the following fire restrictions are in place for the entire Cherokee National Forest until terminated by the U.S. Forest Service:

  • Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire or charcoal fire outside of developed recreation areas is prohibited.  The use of portable lanterns, stoves or heating equipment that utilize gas or pressurized liquid fuel is allowed.
  • The area closure for the Rattlesnake Fire  remains in place.
  • Adit Road 23A is closed to entry.
  • The McFarland Road is open to through traffic.  Motorists are advised to use extreme care when approaching the fire perimeter along McFarland Road, since there will be smoke, fire crews and equipment in the area. People are advised to not stop near the fire.

PREVIOUS STORY: The U.S. Forest Service is trying to get a second fire in the Cherokee National Forest under control in Polk County. A spokesman said the Wolf Creek fire started on Saturday.

It's about two to three miles northwest of Turtletown. Right now, it's burned about 115 acres in a remote part of the mountain.

Officials aren't sure what caused the fire. No structures or homes are in danger.

Stay with WRCBtv.com for updates to this developing story.
 

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