Dry conditions, fires plague area

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Over the weekend, four additional wildfires burned across the region.

Although they were not large in size (largest being 10 acres), it serves as an indicator as to how dry the region is.

Two fires occurred in Monroe County; both of these were suspected cigarettes.

A 10-acre fire continues to burn in Morgan County off Tunnel Hill Road. One 2-acre arson fire is out in Scott County.
In addition, a structure fire in Knox County set a nearby forest on fire, and state forestry crews are working to contain this part of the blaze.  

Finally, two fire started last week continue to smolder, including the Lake Heights fire in Monroe County near Tellico Plains, crews are monitoring a fire behind Wesley Woods in Blount County.

Those planning to burn debris are urged to be cautious or simply refrain from burning until their area has precipitation.

There are currently no restrictions on outdoor burning, but remember that landowners are liable for damages and suppression costs for fires that escape their property.