NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Sixty-seven active fires across the state of Tennessee have burned more than 17,000 acres.
More than 50 percent of the active fires in the state were caused by arson, according to the Tennessee Department of Agriculture. The State Forester’s Office is offering $2,500 for a tip that leads to an arson arrest and conviction.
The arson hotline is 1-800-762-3017 and is answered 24 hours a day. Callers may remain anonymous.
Tennessee has declared a level III state of Emergency and Governor Bill Haslam has proclaimed a regional burn ban on 51 counties in Tennessee, including every county in the East Tennessee area.
Major fires include:
- East Miller Cove (Blount) 600 acres, 25% contained
- Cool Branch Cove (Hancock) 200 acres, 50% contained
- Old Mountain Rd (Grainger) 75 acres, 100% contained
- HWY 156 (Campbell) 156 acres, unknown % contained
- Neddy Mt (Cocke) 1,116 acres, 100% contained
- White Oak Circle (Morgan) 1,888 acres/100% contained
- Flippers Bend (Hamilton) 979 acres, 95% contained
- Poe Rd. (Hamilton) 712 acres, 85% contained
- Mowbray (Hamilton) 899 acres, 80% contained
- Bench Bluff (Bledsoe) 2,109 acres, 100% contained
- Cave Cove (Marion) 168 acres, 100% contained