Dozens of firefighters battle Goodlettsville brush fire

(Courtesy: Nashville Fire Department)
(Courtesy: Nashville Fire Department)

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Nashville firefighters spent much of Saturday battling a brush fire in Goodlettsville.

It started around Noon in the area of Greer Road and Lickton Pike.

Dozens of firefighters had to hike close to a mile while wearing structural gear weighing about 60 pounds. They also had to deal with strong wind and dry conditions.

“Of course, we got about 15 to 18 mph winds coming out of the Northwest right now with wind gust up to 25 miles an hour, so yes it’s going to spread rapidly,” assistant fire chief Chuck Hoover with the Nashville Fire Department told News 2.

The fire reached 5 to 7 acres but was under control two and a half hours after it started. It was completely put out around 6 p.m., according to Hoover.

“We are using some ATVs with 200-foot hose reels on them to get in specific locations to try and put out some of the fire and then some of it they are using just brooms, flappers and air blowers to the fire out,” he explained.

No homes were threatened by the blaze and the cause remains under investigation.

Tennessee has been dealing with a wave of brush fires due to the severe drought in the state. Earlier this week, TEMA issued a state of emergency, while La Vergne asked residents to conserve water.