Dry conditions prompt brush fires in Rutherford County

Posted at 3:42 PM, Oct 02, 2019

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WTVF) — Multiple agencies across Rutherford County fought brush fires. One of them being an 8-10 acre fire.

Rutherford County Fire and Rescue teams responded the the brush fire on the 6500 block of Gum Puckett Road off of Bradyville Pike.

Officials said the fire spread to the wood line and two structures, but was contained before causing damage.

Neighbors saw the fire and called the property owner.

In the meantime, neighbors, who are members of the family nudist park Rock Haven Lodge, used a tractor to help move hay bales away from the fire.

"They're the ones that initially saw it and they came over here, then obviously all the other neighbors got involved, said the property owner. "I'm very fortunate to live where I live, everybody looks after each other. it's a good day."

He said it was a close call but was thankful there wasn't more damage.

"I don't think anybody was doing anything negligent...We're in a drought. It hasn't rained in forever. Things happen. There's no structure damage, no loss of life so it's a good day.

Another was a fire that burned 3-4 acres along Highway 840.

They asked residents to "Please remain vigilant with how you are disposing of flammable items (i.e. cigarettes), handling a permittable burn, or are engaging in outdoor activities."

The dry conditions have created the conditions for an accidental burn to easily be started.