Hawkins County fire burns 575 acres

Hawkins County fire burns 575 acres

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HAWKINS COUNTY, TN (WJHL) - A fire in Hawkins County is still burning after more than 24 hours of firefighting efforts.

The fire is burning on the mountain between Grassy Creek Road and Goshen Valley Road.

The Tennessee Division of Forestry and local volunteer fire departments have been on the scene since Thursday afternoon, digging containment lines, and keeping the flames away from homes.

Forestry Technician James Heaton said the fire burned about 575 acres and is now 100 percent contained.

Homeowner Chris Mullins said the fire started at about 4 p.m. Thursday, about a mile away from his house, and in just a few hours it was right outside his door.

“It got on my property about 2 o’clock [Friday morning] and by about 4:30, 5 this morning, it had already burned its way over here,” Mullins said.

With the fire just yards from the house, Mullins has been outside watching the situation since early Friday morning.

“Most of it’s already burned, so I’m just letting it burn off at a slow pace, let it finish burning off so I don’t have to be concerned with it,” he said.

Mullins’ home wasn’t the only one threatened by the flames.

“There were several homes that the fire burned right up next to. The Division of Forestry as well as the local volunteer fire departments did a real good job throughout the night protecting those structures and watching the fire as it backed down the mountain toward those structures,” Heaton said.

Mullins said he and his family are thankful for the work of the Forestry Service and volunteer firefighters.

“The Forestry Service has done a good job of keeping everyone’s homes safe, no one has had to be evacuated, so they’ve done a good job of keeping us all safe,” he said.

He said while he’s seen 5 or 6 fires in his 14 years on Grassy Creek Road, none of them have ever gotten this close. Still, he said he’s not worried, and he’ll be out there to keep an eye on things until they calm down.

Heaton said even though the fire is contained, it’s not extinguished. He expects it will continue to burn for a few more days. He said the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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