Local Fire Departments and Forestry save homes

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Fast action by Tennessee Forestry workers and local Volunteer Fire Departments saved five homes that were in danger during the recent 250 acre fire.(Photo:GaryBolden/RheaReview)

Several Local Volunteer Fire Departments work with Tennessee Forestry to save homes

April 10, 2017

Dayton, TN —  On Monday, April 10th,  a fire consumed 250 acres and required local Volunteer Fire Departments and Tennessee Forestry Service members in order to prevent the loss of homes in the fire.  At least five homes along Reed Road off highway 30 were in danger as the wind aided fire swept up the mountain toward Reed Road.

Within 30 minutes of the fire being reported there were Tennessee Forestry team members on site as well as local volunteer fire departments, including the Kiuka and Morgan Town Volunteer Fire Departments.  The fire had been contained and on Tuesday the Tennessee Forestry team members were on site monitoring the enclosed area for any rekindling.

Gary and Kelly Hale, live at the end of Reed lane at 741 Reed Road.   They were very appreciative of the efforts of these workers as their home was surrounded on three sides by fire that was around 10-12 feet high.  Emergency personnel were able to get the fire subdued  and they sprayed down the home as preventative measure.  Family members left the home and returned later in the evening.

Gary Hale was home with four young children when the fire began to threaten his home. Within 30 minutes, Forestry workers and Fire Department personnel arrived.

Gary said, “I have never seen a fire like this in my almost 20 years of living here.”

“I saw two fireman walking up the road looking for a place where they could see off in the cove better.”

“When they came back, they said they would sit here in case the fire came up this way.”

“After a little while, began to see flames off the bluff.”

“Flames were 10-15 foot high, all around the home.”

“I just got the kids and got out of the way.”

“We came back around 5 pm and the fire was still burning in places.  It was probably around 6 pm before they got it down.”

“One truck and two fireman stayed up here at house until 8 pm on Monday, as they had spots still flaming up.”

I spoke with Assistant District Forester Jim Dale out of Cookeville on Tuesday.

He said, “Within thirty minutes of receiving notice of the fire, we had several people on site to help with identifying and containing the fire.”

“We also had members of a couple of the local Volunteer fire departments on scene to help with firefighting efforts.”

“This fire identified as “Newman’s Lane fire” consumed approximately 250 acres in an area approximately two and one half miles northwest of Dayton.  Five residences with value around 340,000 to 350,000 dollars were threatened.  Winds reached a speed as high as 30 mph during the day.”

“Early there was a chance the fire would threaten structures at the Fort Bluff Camp up on top of the mountain.”

“This fire was human caused in woods area.”

I would like to thank the personnel at For Bluff Camp for their hospitality during the time our workers were up there monitoring the fire.”

I spoke with Kiuka Fire Department Chief Rob Littleton on Tuesday and he indicated that Kiuka and Morgantown Fire Departments were on scene but several other volunteer fire department were also involved to support their efforts, including Graysville, Laurelbrook 770, and Rigsby.

Mr. Littleton expressed his appreciation for the generosity of County Executive George Thacker who was on scene and helped feed some of the volunteers.”

There is an 800 number available for anyone who might have information about the possible cause of the fire.  The number for the arson hotline is 1-800-762-3017.  There is a $1500 reward for verified information pertaining to the cause of the fire.