A 60-plus acre fire that sparked around 1pm was corralled not long after 8pm Wednesday

TOP PHOTO: Fire lines can be seen for miles around on Thursday morning.

Bobby Naidu shares this Thursday morning photo from Cherry Street.

LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – The wind kept blowing, and the fire kept growing on Wednesday afternoon into the evening. A 60-plus acre section of the ridge above North 21st Street burned, according to officials with the Tennessee Forestry Service.

“There were no injuries. This was a very successful fight. We played it by the book,” said La Follette Fire Chief Jimmy Pack. Several homes and structures were kept safe from the flames, and there was not any property damage, according to the chief.

Bulldozers set lines all around the fire, up and down each side, along the top of the ridge, on the other side and under the utility lines stretching from Short Street to the other side of North 13 Street, according to Pack.

“We’ll monitor the area through the night, and we’ll walk the lines first thing in the morning (Thursday),” said Chief Pack.

La Follette Fire and Police with the Campbell County Rural Fire Service and Tennessee Forestry Service responded.

The fire is under investigation.

More stories and photos from Wednesday’s fire are further down this page. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 02/21/2024-8:15PM)

2 Replies to “‘This has been a real bad one’- LFD Chief Jimmy Pack”

  1. Thank you 😊 so much for all your hard work you all have done to keep everyone safe from the fire 🔥!

  2. Big props to all the fire and forestry men and woman! Thank you for your continued service!

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