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Cherokee Arson Fire Burns 120 Acres

Updated: Tuesday, February 25 2014, 11:21 PM EST
Arson is blamed for a wildfire that burned more than 120 acres in Swain County. The fire started on the Cherokee Reservation and made its way into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Bureau of Indian Affairs says it was clear that it was arson early on because the fire was actually set in four different locations.

You could see the from downtown Cherokee. Smoke billowing up the steep slope of Mt. Noble. The fire was first reported just after noon and the wind pushed it quickly through tinder-dry woods. Flames came close to some homes on the secluded mountainside.

Some of the firefighters were left to stand-watch at homes that had been threatened, making sure there were no flare-ups. Crews from both the reservation and national park sides coordinated efforts to surround the flames. That strategy paid-off. 100 percent containment has been achieved Tuesday night and no structures were damaged.

No arrests have been made.Cherokee Arson Fire Burns 120 Acres


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