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BLOUNT COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) - Crews continued Monday to fight a brush fire of approximately 80 to 100 acres on State Route 115/Highway 129 near Chilhowee Lake.

The roadway, also known as “The Dragon,” remains closed near the Tennessee-North Carolina state line in Blount County after a motorcycle crash Sunday resulted in a wildfire, according to Tennessee Department of Transportation spokesperson Mark Nagi.

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The fire was first reported at 12:18 p.m. near Parsons Branch Road, according to Nagi. Blount County officials originally reported the fire was around five acres, but, as of writing, was estimated to be around 80 to 100 acres, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol and Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

It was 90% contained as of 10:00 a.m. Monday, according to THP.

Around 40 fire personnel battled the flames. Two engine crews, a helicopter crew, a Cherokee National Forest hotshot crew and hand crews from the National Park Service responded to the scene.

Tennessee Highway Patrol crews managed traffic but said Monday that the roadway from mile marker 11 to the state line was closed. Parson Branch Road was closed as of 6:00 p.m.

GSMNP officials said the fire is entirely on national parklands and not near any hiking trails.

Due to the region’s high fire danger rating, the Tennessee Division of Forestry did not issue burn or permit debris burning Sunday. Other officials also asked East Tennesseans to follow the request to not burn due to the increased risk.

Additional information has not been released.

-Fox Carolina
 
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