From NewsChannel 9: UPDATE (October 11th): 40 acres of land in Ooltewah burned Tuesday in a large brush fire that took crews over 8 hours to put o
From NewsChannel 9: UPDATE (October 11th): 40 acres of land in Ooltewah burned Tuesday in a large brush fire that took crews over 8 hours to put out, the Tri-Community Volunteer Fire Department says.
Tri-Community says the initial fire attack was made from the 4000 block of Woodland Drive with crews stretching a couple hundred feet of supply hose on the roadway.
Additional hand lines were split off the supply line closer to the area of the fire for fire crews to work on extinguishing and containing the fire spread, Tri-Community says.
While crews were working hand lines, Tri-Community says additional crews in brush trucks continued to arrive and were relocated to positions that required off-road vehicle access through the wooded areas.
In addition to brush trucks, Tri-Community says mutual aid companies with firefighting capable UTVs were also requested to the scene to assist with additional off-road firefighting operations.
As additional fire apparatus arrived on the scene, Tri-Community says units were strategically placed in areas to provide structural protection in the event of any wind changes or threats to homes.
Once the Division of Forestry arrived on the scene, Tri-Community says they used three bulldozers and created fire breaks around the burning area to prevent the fire from spreading to any unburned areas.
Once completed, Tri-Community says brush trucks and UTVs made a final pass around the perimeter to wet down the edges of the burn area.
The Division of Forestry returned to the scene on Wednesday morning to continue working the scene.
Tri-Community says the incident lasted just over 8 hours.
An estimated 40 acres were involved in this fire, Tri-Community say.
They say there were no injuries reported at this incident and no structures were involved.
EARLIER (October 10th):
HCOEM says crews continue to work on the Woodland Drive fire with 45 acres still burning.
EARLIER (4: 22 p.m.):
Multiple crews are working 2 brush fires in the Ooltewah area Tuesday afternoon, the Tri-Community Volunteer Fire Department says.
They say the first fire is in the area of Woodland Drive and Bill Reed Road.
The Hamilton County Office of Emergency management says it looked like the brush fire was moving towards Auburn Hills Mobile Home Park, but now the wind is shifting and it’s heading toward a landfill.
HCOEM says TN Forestry will be responding up there to assist Tri-Community VFD.
Tri-Community says to expect multiple road closures.
Area of first fire: