Firefighters in Polk County work to contain brush fire Monday night

Viewer Robin Rodgers shared video with us of a helicopter headed to the scene to help fight the brush fire.

The West Polk County Volunteer Fire and Rescue (WPFR) says crews are working with the Tennessee Division of Forestry and the U.S. Forest Service to contain a brush fire, apparently caused by lightning.

In a Facebook post, WPFR says the fire is on a ridge that is closest to Pankey Lane on the Benton side, and Disney Lane on the Highway 314 side.

Viewer Robin Rodgers shared video with us showing a helicopter headed to the scene to help fight the fire.

As of 10 p.m. Monday, WPFR says the fire is contained inside a fire break, and says Forestry officials will be back on the scene Tuesday morning, setting back fires to help completely put out the fire.

No structures have been damaged and no one has been hurt.

The Facebook post concludes, "While this fire was caused by Mother Nature we want to remind everyone that it is still very dry outside. Fires are being started just by a cigarette being thrown out a window. So please be careful."

Burn bans are in effect in several counties in the NewsChannel 9 viewing area, including Hamilton, Sequatchie and Marion.

Depend on us to keep you posted.


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