Sheriff: Fire appears to be under control after afternoon rain, air drops

Large fire in Warren County
Large fire in Warren County(Warren County Sheriff's Department)
Published: Oct. 24, 2022 at 7:53 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 25, 2022 at 11:09 AM CDT
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MCMINNVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) - Warren County officials said Tuesday night a wildfire in an area near Isha, Curtistown and Hills Creek appears to be under control thanks to airdrops provided by the Tennessee National Guard and rain later in the afternoon.

Sheriff Jackie Matheny and County Executive Terry Bell said some firefighters will remain at the scene, along with deputies, a TEMA mobile command station will remain on the scene through the night.

“The majority of the firefighters and first responders are being released tonight to get some much-needed rest,” a statement posted on the Sheriff’s Department’s Facebook page said.

They said they will remain on watch in the Isha, Curtistown and Hills Creek areas in case anything changes overnight.

As of Tuesday morning, nearly 50 families had been evacuated in the Curtistown and Isha areas of Warren County, according to the sheriff’s department. That number could grow following Warren County Sheriff’s Office post that said the fire had jumped a ridge and was growing.

Warren County Sheriff Jackie Matheny is not asking for voluntary evacuation of Hills Creek residents at this time but urges them to keep watch. Residents of Isha are being asked to evacuate immediately. Every fire department in the community and fire departments from five additional counties, along with TEMA, Warren County EMA, and Warren County EMS have been working to control the fire that got out of Monday.

Warren County deputies were called Monday to 951 Isha Lane in response to a person that had been banned from the premises of Isha and had set up camp with a fire on Isha’s property. Officers found they could not control the fire and called in for assistance. Deputies arrested Robert Vincent Halter and charged him with reckless burning and criminal trespassing.

While crews are actively working to control the fire, area residents should still be on alert for any changes. A shelter has been opened at the Harrison Ferry Fire Department for residents who have been displaced. People wanting to donate snacks and water for firefighters can also drop off items there. Several churches in the area have also opened to provide shelter for residents.

County Mayor Terry Bell also requested a State of Emergency to obtain the much-needed resources for the situation.