Blaze threatens buildings

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, July 18, 2018
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Close Call

CLOSE CALL – Firefighters battled a blaze Saturday that threatened structures in Rhome. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

A fire Saturday afternoon at 1176 Pioneer Road in Rhome threatened several structures but was eventually contained, according to Rhome Fire Chief Darrell Fitch.

All of the structures were saved, and Fitch said the cause is still being determined. Firefighters from Rhome, Newark and East Wise responded.

Wise County is under a 90-day burn. Most of the county is in severe drought, according to the latest USDA drought monitor.

In the Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI), which measures the wildfire potential by taking into account the soil moisture, the county is at an average of 673 on a scale ranging from 0 to 800. The top end of the scale represents completely dry conditions.

Soils are expected to dry out more over the next several days with high temperatures in the mid 100s and no rain in the forecast.

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