A large wildfire driven by high winds burned through 62 acres last Wednesday, February 9. Firefighters from Ovilla, Topsy, Waynesboro Station 1, and the TN Forestry Division fought the fire, which began just off Highway 64 near the Lawrence and Wayne County line.
Sources state that the fire may have ignited from a spark from a utility line, but an investigation is still ongoing. High winds and dry conditions contributed to the spread of the fire.
Heavy smoke from the fire hung over the area for hours, requiring the Tennessee Highway Patrol to be near the scene for traffic control and direction. The fire was finally contained after several hours.