Large Brush Fire in Blount Co.; No Burn Permits for Several Counties

TOWNSEND, Tenn (WVLT) -- Three brush fires are burning right now in east Tennessee.

The biggest one is burning over 200 acres along the Foothills Parkway in Blount County.

It was reported at 3:30pm Thursday.

Nathan Waters, from the Tennessee Department of Forestry says crews from Blount, Loudon and Monroe Counties, as well as National Park Service personnel and the Blount Co firefighters fought the fire until 11 p.m. and were back on the fire lines this morning.

Waters says firefighters are having a tough time getting a line around the fire due to the rough terrain.

Waters also says a house was in danger of burning because firefighters could not get through the gate that leads to the house, but they were finally able to get in and managed to save the house.

Waters says the cause of the fire is arson.

On November 1, three fires were suppressed by the Division of Forestry in the Knoxville area.

A small fire was reported off Wilhite Rd in Sevier CO at 8:30a.m.. It was quickly put out, Waters says it's an arson.

He says, about the same time a small fire was reported on Hiwassee Rd in Monroe Co.

Waters says it too was quickly put out.

Waters says no burn permits will be issued today or this weekend for Blount, Monroe or Loudon Counties.

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