HAMILTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF) New firefighters have arrived to battle an old foe on Walden’s Ridge.
Once again, the fire above Falling Water broke out of containment lines overnight.
Tennessee Forestry crews have taken over the fight, so local volunteers can go home and to work.
Forestry officials say the top and bottom of the mountain are in check, but the fire continues to burn on the northern and southern edges, below the bluffs.
By this afternoon, they think they have regained control on the south end, but the north continues to burn unchecked.
A forestry official says they are encountering two problems with this fire.
First, there are plenty of large, dead pine trees fueling it.
They are left over from the pine beetle infestation more than 15 years ago.
Secondly, the dry, ground conditions are also posing an unusual problem for this time of year.
Crews are finding that green trees that still have their leaves are falling in front of the fires.
They are exposing their roots, which fuels the flames.
The officials say the drastically dry ground conditions are to blame.
On Tuesday, the state had a crew of 21 firefighters on the ground, using bulldozers and pumpers.
Two Air National Guard helicopters are also dumping water on the flames.
They also gave us an update on the firefighter injured on Tuesday.
A tree fell, glanced off another tree and struck him in the helmet.
He was treated and released from the hospital, but will be out of service for a week.
The spokesman says he has an injured shoulder, but was lucky the tree was deflected before hitting him.