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Crews continue to battle brush fires

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CARTER COUNTY, TN - Crews continue to battle brush fires in the Roan Mountain area of Carter County.

They're working near Hogum Hollow Road.

Multiple brush fires started Saturday-- burning 60 acres.

Then another broke out Sunday just five miles away-- burning 15 more acres.

"We have our fire lines in place. Today we're going back out to patrol those fire lines, do any mop up that's necessary, and also any backfiring that may be needed," explained Forestry Technician James Heaton.

The cause of the fires is now under investigation.

While the flames have subsided, Heaton says they're still concerned because the ground is hot and rekindling.

"They'll continue to burn until we get substantial rain," said Heaton.

There was a severe drought this time last year. Tuesday marks the anniversary of the deadly Gatlinburg wildfires.

We're not in a drought right now, but we do have dry conditions for a fire.

"We had a frontal system come through on Saturday, so that allowed for some more dry air to come in behind the front-- winds increased a bit, and that's the recipe for a few of these quick brush fires to break out across the area," explained Storm Track 5 Meteorologist Ricky Matthews.

Forestry crews are hoping to see rain later this week to put the fires out completely.

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