Greene Co. wildfire update: 44 acres burned, 80% contained

Update: As of Sunday, there is no new fire growth, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Crews have been continuing mop-up efforts and containment remains at 80% Sunday afternoon.

GREENE COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) -A wildfire in Greene County has now burned more than 44 acres of land, according to Greene Mountain Fire Public Information Officer James Heaton Saturday afternoon.

While this is an increase from Friday’s numbers, the fire has not grown significantly and is considered to be 80% contained, Heaton said.

Teams are conducting “mop-up” activities to strengthen control lines on Saturday, which will continue into Sunday.

Motorists advised to avoid Caney Valley Loop as wildfire burns in Hawkins Co.

News Channel 11 spoke with Heaton on Friday about the wildfire.

“We just encourage the public to be careful with their campfires or any burning that they’re doing,” Heaton said. “It is beginning to get dry. This is the typical fire weather we see in the spring: dry conditions and high winds throughout the day. Just be careful with any outdoor burning that you’re conducting.”

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