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Warm weather spurs dozens of wildfires

Published On: Mar 10 2014 11:31:35 AM CDT
brush fire warning

The wonderful weather over the weekend turned problematic for firefighters across the region, and the threat is not over yet.

The Department of Agriculture blames the weather conditions for helping spread dozens of wildfires over the past few days.

Since Thursday, 30 wildfires have burned nearly 1,000 acres in East Tennessee. Most were blamed on debris fires getting out of control, but investigators say eight of the fires were arson. Those fires account for nearly half of the burned land.

High winds and low humidity are being blamed for helping them spread.

There's a chance for high winds again Monday, with gusts of up to 17 miles per hour plus low humidity.

Most counties in East Tennessee are not issuing burn permits Monday; before you burn anything, call your local division of forestry office first.