Walland wildfire listed as 90% contained, 1,500 acres burned

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Brush fires are breaking out across the East Tennessee region as the drought continues. (All times Eastern):

More coverage: East Tennessee wildfires

4:03 p.m. Saturday

The Wildfire in Walland is now listed as 90% contained with 1,500 acres burned.

9:51 a.m. Monday

Walland Elementary school has canceled class Tuesday, because of the forest fire.

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9:20 p.m. Sunday

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized federal funds to reimburse costs to fight the East Miller Cove Fire burning in Blount County.

This authorization makes FEMA grant funding available to reimburse 75 percent of the eligible firefighting costs for managing, mitigating and controlling the fire. Eligible costs can include labor, equipment and supplies used for firefighting and costs for emergency work such as evacuations and sheltering.

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2:23 p.m. Saturday

The fire in Walland grew to 1,055 acres, but is now 75% contained, according to the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.

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2:08 p.m. Sunday

A spokesperson with Blount County Schools said that Walland Elementary School will be closed Monday. due to fire.

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6:41 p.m. Saturday

Nathan Waters says the TDA report changed and only 900 Acres have burned.

“We were projected to go up to over 2,000 acres burned overnight, but the rain really helped us out and we were able to get containment lines constructed,” said Waters.

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6:10 p.m. Saturday

We were originally told the fire was 100% contained. Nathan Waters with the forestry department says that is not correct, it is closer to 50% contained.

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5:45 p.m. Saturday

Cliff Frasier with the forestry department confirmed that the fire in Blount County has grown to 2,162 acres, but is 100% contained.

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8:38 p.m. Friday

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture says the fire in Walland has now grown to 600 acres, but is 25 percent contained. The Cool Branch Cove fire in Hancock County is burning 200 acres and is 50 percent contained. The Old Mountain Road fire in Grainger County is 75 acres and 100 percent contained.

State officials say the Neddy Mountain Fire in Cocke County, burning more than 1,000 acres, is 100 percent contained.

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7:29 p.m. Friday

The Blount County Sheriff’s Office has canceled a child safety seat checkpoint scheduled for Saturday morning due to the ongoing fires.

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6:03 p.m. Friday

Roane County dispatch confirms a brush fire in Kingston Friday afternoon. They say the fire is about an acre in size behind Dr. Boduch’s office on E. Spring Street. Wind is picking up and flames are jumping across trees. Every Roane County fire department is heading to fight the fire.

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5:55 p.m. Friday

Several more fires are burning in Blount County. Two acres are on fire on Butterfly Gap, but Chief Doug McClanahan says it is contained. They are monitoring hot spots. Another fire in Walland is burning along Burnett Road in the Rocky Branch area and another fire is burning in Townsend.

Butterfly Gap Road (Jim Brown)
Butterfly Gap Road (Jim Brown)

That brings the total to four fires in Blount County, including the large one near Walland Elementary School, which the state says has burned nearly 500 acres.

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5:36 p.m. Friday

Sixty-seven fires are burning throughout the state of Tennessee, with three new ones on Friday in Jefferson, Hawkins and Morgan County.

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