Firefighters try to contain fire burning 100 acres near Townsend

Firefighters try to contain fire burning 100 acres near Townsend

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Townsend and forestry service firefighters worked to put out the fire. Townsend and forestry service firefighters worked to put out the fire.
A little over 100 acres had burned by Monday morning. A little over 100 acres had burned by Monday morning.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

TOWNSEND (WATE) - A fire whipped up by winds Monday in Townsend proved difficult to contain by firefighters.

The brush fire started shorting after five Monday morning in the Rocky Top Estates, off of Wears Valley Road, near Townsend.

"I would say a little over 100 acres have burned," said Townsend Area Volunteer Fire Department chief Don Stallions.

Crews from Townsend and the state forestry department were working to put the fire out.

As of Monday morning, there were no homes in danger by the fire, but the fire got as close as 15 feet to several homes.

"I woke up to my parents yelling, 'There's fire outside'," said Ryan Edwards, who lived in one of the homes.

Edwards took measures into his own hands and pulled out the water hose before fire crews arrived.

"I got two long extensions and put them together," said Edwards. "I saw where it was catching the trunk of the trees on fire. I was just spraying."

Chief Stallions thinks it was started when a tree branch came in contact with a power line.

He said Monday morning that the fire was 85% contained, but expected it to continue burning into the evening.

"Right now the main worry would be the wind," said Chief Stallions. "There is obviously a storm front moving in."

Forestry crews were making perimeters around the fire with bulldozers, so the fire would not spread.

Those who live in the subdivision were not too worried about the fire coming back their way.

"It's not that bad when you got half the fire department in your front yard," said Edwards.

No fire permits were issued in Sevier, Blount, and Monroe Counties on Monday.

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