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125 acres 70% contained, firefighters work through the night to protect Marion County

Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2024 at 10:38 am

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LACIE SILVA – Editor

On November 19, at around 3:30 p.m., a small fire spread from a campfire near Bolt Farms Treehouse on Mount Olive rapidly spreading and ravaging 125 acres of forest range.

photo courtesy of Donna Walter

Steve Lamb spoke about the most recent update and explained the tireless efforts of Marion County fire departments and those of surrounding areas. Based on the latest information the fire is 70% contained and 125 acres of land have been impacted so far. With seven different departments on site and several more covering surrounding areas, the firefighters of all departments have valiantly fought this terrible blaze.

According to Lamb, there are no immediate hazards or danger to structures, however, they are still working on containing the remainder of the fire. Due to the terrain the containment efforts have been challenging. The crews fought through the night despite depleted forces. With the help of the public and surrounding aid, the crews have been able to keep going.

photo courtesy of Shelley Castle

Marion County called upon Sequatchie County and Dunlap’s fire department was dispatched to assist in the fire efforts. The State Forestry has also gotten involved and sent a helicopter from the National Guard. While bulldozers work to cut breaks in the areas to dirt creating a containment field, the helicopter and firefighters worked to put out the fire.

Lamb stated, “Our forces are depleted but we’re still fighting.” Though the rain is helping and the low winds are in their favor, there is still a way to go to extinguish the remaining flames.

In speaking about the outpouring of support from the public and surrounding fire departments, Lamb became emotional, thanking everyone involved. The food and water provided by churches and regular people, “has been unbelievable and moves my heart.” Lamb further expressed, “We appreciate the public support so much.”

photo courtesy of Donna Walter

The Marion Tribune – November 23, 2023