The Sciota Road Fire is located 5 miles SE of Unicoi, Tennessee on the Cherokee National Forest and East of Unicoi in the Little Mountain area on the Unaka Ranger District.
The fire is burning light logging slash, hardwood litter and timber that began on Tuesday, March 29, 2016, around 1600 hours.
The cause is currently unknown and is under investigation.
Firefighters have reached a 60% containment status.
Assigned to this incident are 92 Firefighters from nearby National Forests and from the Tennessee Department of Forestry.
There are 2 – 20 person hand crews, 3 engines, 1 helicopter and 1 doze attached as resources.
Fire Managers will continue have personnel continue with Friday’s fire activities of removing dead trees and extinguishing hot spots along the containment lines.
Additionally, they will continue to patrol lines and prepare for burnout operations that will take place in the next few days.
No structures have been damaged/destroyed nor are there any being threatened at this time.
Cost-to-Date for fire suppression costs are $110,000.
191 acres have been scorched.
High winds are expected.
Fire Managers would like to let the Motoring Public know that heavy equipment and fire traffic will be moving about on Sciota Creek Road and ask to be aware and alert, yielding to traffic.
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