UPDATE: Crews working to contain 2 fires totaling 1,000 acres in Cherokee National Forest


UPDATE (4/25/2021) — USDA Forest Service officials say crews continue to battle the Mill Creek and Long Branch wildfires spanning almost 1,000 acres on Sunday.

Cocke County’s Mill Creek wildfire continues to blaze across 262 acres along westbound I-40 at mile marker 446, with 25% contained.

Monroe County’s Long Branch fire spans 700 acres, with 50% contained. Crews, equipment and smoke may remain in the Cherohala Skyway area and cause traffic delays.

The Long Branch Trail and Hemlock Trail remain closed until the area is considered safe.

While the rain yesterday did help with control efforts, we are concerned about areas that may not have gotten rain and will continue to install containment lines.

Forest Fire Management Officer Trent Girard

CLEVELAND, Tenn. (WJHL) – USDA Forest Service officials are working to contain three wildfires spanning over 1,300 acres in the Cherokee National Forest, according to authorities.

Two fires are burning in Cocke County and one in Monroe County.

A release says over 100 firefighters and support personnel are assigned to the fires.

View of the Mill Creek Fire from Welcome Center / Photo from USDA

The Mill Creek fire in Cocke County along westbound Interstate 40 at mile marker 446 is
approximately 260 acres and 25 percent contained.

The Meadow Creek fire in Cocke County is approximately 360 acres and 100% contained
at this time. Forest Service Road 404 has reopened.

The Long Branch fire on the Tellico Ranger District is approximately 621 acres and 50%

Map from USDA

Officials say the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry established containment lines around multiple structures previously threatened to reduce the risk of impact from the fire.

Wet weather conditions are also expected to help contain the fire.

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