Andy’s Ridge wildfire – UPDATE: 11/14/2023 @ 3 p.m.

The Andy’s Ridge wildfire near Scott Brogan Lane is thought to have rekindled Monday evening, and personnel from local fire departments were on scene Monday night to monitor the situation.

Firefighters from the Tennessee Division of Forestry were on scene, as of late Tuesday morning. 

“We want to assure our citizens that the Rocky Top area wildfire is still 100-percent contained,” Anderson County Emergency Management Agency Director Brice Kidwell said Tuesday afternoon. 

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“The forestry crew is here and will remain on scene for as long as possible. They are working on clearing debris from the fire lines,” Kidwell said.

While there currently is not a burn ban in place for Anderson County, Emergency Management strongly encourages citizens to not do any outdoor burning, grilling, or throwing out of still-lit cigarette butts for the foreseeable future.

“We are under ongoing drought conditions, and earlier today, the National Weather Service issued an Elevated Fire Risk statement due to low relative humidity values expected today,” Leean Tupper, public information officer for Anderson County EMA, said. “Outdoor burning of any kind could lead to a wildfire and we want to avoid that, if at all possible,” Tupper said.

The Andy’s Ridge wildfire was first reported shortly after 6 p.m. on November 4; it was fully contained by the afternoon of November 9, but not before it consumed 397 acres. No structures were lost and no injuries were reported.

Citizens are reminded that they may download the Anderson County E-911 app on their cellphones to receive updates about this fire as they are released. The app is available on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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