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Tennessee fire crews fight blaze in foothills of Smokies

Posted August 26

— Containment efforts of a wildfire in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains are being complicated by rocky terrain.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that the fire spanned about 40 acres on English Mountain by Saturday evening. Officials from the state Division of Forestry have been joined by firefighting crews from Sevier, Monroe and Anderson counties to battle the blaze first reported the previous night.

Forestry spokesman Nathan Waters said the fire was about 30 percent contained and that no structures were threatened.

But Waters said it's difficult to get bulldozers into position to dig containment lines because of a lack of roads and loose terrain. In Water's words "that mountain's a big pile of rocks."

Investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire.

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