Quarry Creek Fire Update Nov 20

US Forest Service Wildfire Information

November 20, 2016 - 8 A.M.

The Quarry Creek fire is at approximately 645 acres and is 75% contained. This forest fire was detected early November 16, 2016 off State Highway 165 (Cherohala Skyway) about two miles from State Highway 68 in Telico Plains.

The Quarry Creek fire is being managed by Unified Command between the Tennessee Divi- sion of Forestry and the U.S. Forest Service. Firefighters from the Tennessee Division of For- estry, local Volunteer Fire Departments and the U.S. Forest Service are working the fire. Strong wind is a concern for firefighters holding containment lines.

Structures in the area are currently protected and no evacuations are called for at this time. Cooperators include the Turkey Creek Volunteer Fire Department, the Rafter Volunteer Fire Department, Tellico Plains Volunteer Fire Department, Tellico Plains Police Department, Mon- roe County Sheriff’s Department and the Monroe County EMA. The fire cause is under investigation.

Smoke will continue to impact Tellico Plains and the surrounding communities for the imme- diate future. Quarry Creek Road is closed to non residents. All other roads are currently open, however, the public should use extreme caution due to smoke and firefighter traffic when traveling in the area.

If You See Something, Say Something!

If you see smoke call 911. Please don't assume someone else has already called local emergency responders.