Wildfire Spreads in Cherokee National Forest

According to the Smoky Mountain Hiking Blog, U.S. Forest Service officials at the Cherokee National Forest say that a wildfire has burned almost 200 acres in Polk County since Monday.

About 50 rangers and volunteer fire fighters are trying to contain the blaze. The effort is made more difficult by the terrain, which is steep and rugged. Luckily, no structures are nearby. The fire is located off U.S. Highway 64, near Goforth Creek.

Ocoee Acting District Ranger Andy Gaston said:

Motorist should exercise caution when traveling along Highway 64. Firefighting crews and equipment as well as smoke will be in the area and may cause traffic delays. In addition, the Goforth Creek parking area will be used for firefighting access and equipment parking and is closed to public use.”

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