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Tennessee officials vow war on arsonists; 2 more arrested

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As firefighters continue to fight wildfires in Tennessee and seek out the arsonists who set them, two more suspects have been arrested and charged with igniting fires. 

The total brings to seven the number of suspects arrested on suspicion of setting forest fires in the last 20 days.

That announcement was made during a news conference Tuesday on the parking lot of a closed diner on Dixie Highway near Del Rio and the site of forest fire that has burned more than 1,116 acres in since Friday. A group of 15 speakers at the event was led by state Agriculture Commissioner Jai Templeton, state Homeland Security Commissioner David W. Purkey and State Forester Jere Jeter.

As the fire spree in East Tennessee seems to be easing, Jeter said there still are 60 active fires burning 16,000 acres in the state. Year to date there have been 1,125 fires burning 37,000 acres, well above the average year in which the total acres burned is about 25,000.

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