Forest fire on Chimney Top Mountain grows overnight; Crews battle 20+ acres

FALL BRANCH, TN (WJHL) – News Channel 11 learned Wednesday morning the forest fire on Chimney Top Mountain in Greene County grew slightly overnight. Firefighters and the Department of Forestry are working to access the rugged terrain.

Brad Ball, forestry technician with the Department of Forestry, says they roughly estimate the fire is between 20 and 30 acres.  He also said that no homes are in danger at this time.

Ball told News Channel 11 firefighters are working on a plan to access the fire and keep it from spreading.

Crews from Tennessee Department of Forestry and Fall Branch Volunteer Fire Department were called Tuesday to put out the flames on ChimneyTop Mountain in Fall Branch.

Nathan Waters, an official with the Tennessee Department of Forestry, said on Tuesday they believe the fire started a couple of days ago.

The flames reportedly started in Greene County around 2 p.m.on Tuesday on top of Chimney Top Mountain and then spread into Fall Branch.

Waters said firefighters have been battling the fire throughout the night. He said the crews plan on quitting for the night and will resume in the morning.

Firefighters said the terrain on the mountain is rocky, making it hard for crews to reach the fire.

Waters said windy and dry conditions are also causing problems for crews trying to combat the fire.

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