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Gibson Co. FD Battles More Brush Fires

By 7 Eyewitness News Staff
By news@wbbjtv.com

BRADFORD, Tenn. - Firefighters of the Gibson County Fire Department spent much of Thursday battling quick moving brush fires. The latest was near Bradford.

Around 4:30 p.m., a fire along Irv Williams Road was called into 911. Chief Bryan Cathey said four acres burned near a man's house. According to Cathey, the homeowner told him he set a small bag of garbage on fire and we back inside his home, like he always does. But with our very dry conditions, it didn't take long for the flames to get out of hand.

"It's so dry that the green leaves have turned brown," said Chief Cathey. "They ignite and float off and set spot fires behind where we're working. There needs to be no outside burning at all."

A few cities have issued burn bans, like Martin, Jackson and Bolivar. Other areas are strongly discouraging outdoor burning until West Tennessee gets a significant amount of rain.