Carter County brush fire now 100% contained after burning estimated 20 acres

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CARTER COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) – Sunday noon update: James Heaton with the Tennessee Division of Forestry has informed News Channel 11 the fire is still contained and not expected to spread.

Heaton says fire lines are in place around the affected area, and the area will continue to be monitored and protected.

8:30 p.m. Saturday update: James Heaton with the Tennessee Division of Forestry tells News Channel 11 the Carter County brush fire on Saturday is now 100% contained.

Crews have pulled out for the night.

They’ll be back out tomorrow patrolling the fire.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

UPDATE – Crews continue to battle a large brush fire in Roan Mountain, Tennessee.

According to officials with the Tennessee Division of Forestry, the fire is affecting an estimated 20 acres off of Fork Mountain Rd.

James Heaton of the TN Division of Forestry said the fire is 40% contained at this time.

Heaton said by the time the fire is put out completely, around 50 acres may be affected.

News Channel 11’s Kristen Gallant was live at the scene of the fire.

Fire crews say water drops are a possibility, and a helicopter surveyed the area to determine if that was necessary. The helicopter was carrying six officials, including a pilot and copilot.

Heaton said the helicopters are capable of dropping water onto the fire if deemed necessary.

The fire was surveyed from a helicopter from Oregon with the U.S. Forest Service.

The fire is on private property.

The cause of the fire has not been determined yet and is under investigation. As of 4:30 p.m., crews are still battling to contain the fire.

Officials say the heavy winds in the area and the dry conditions are factoring into the spread of the fire.

Multiple state and federal agencies are also on scene, as well as local fire departments.

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Multiple fire crews are currently battling a brush fire in Roan Mountain.

According to James Heaton of the Tennessee Division of Forestry, the call for the fire came in around 2:15 p.m. on Saturday.

As of 2:30 p.m., the U.S. Forest Service, Hampton Valley Forge Volunteer Fire Department, Roan Mountain Volunteer Fire Department and the Tennessee Division of Forestry were on the scene.

The fire is between Fork Mountain Road and Old Railroad Grade Road in Carter County.

Heaton said there are currently some structures threatened by the fire.

The exact acreage of the fire is not known at this time.

This is a developing story. Stay tuned with News Channel 11 online and on-air for updates.

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