wears valley fire
KNOXVILLE, Tenn (Washington) – Wears Valley Road opens Saturday as crews continue to fight wildfires in Sevier County, according to the Waldens Creek Volunteer Fire Department.
Firefighters from across Tennessee continue to work to contain the two fires that burned more than 3,000 acres in four days.
The Sevier County fire that started on Wednesday has been contained due to dangerous winds and dry leaves.
While crews continue to fight this fire.
Wears Valley Road reopens, more than 300 structures affected
The Hatcher Mountain-Indigo Road fire was 85% contained as of 11 a.m. and more than 300 buildings were affected. While Wears Valley Road is open.
Others remain closed including Indigo Road, Hatcher Mountain Road, Bell Field Way, Wildcat Road, Bear Springs Way, Spurling Way, Hurlburt Way, Little Valley Road, South Helton Road, and Cove Creek Way.
and portions of North Clear Fork Road (from Waldence Creek Road to Coopers Hook Road) and Happy Hollow Road (from Tibury Mountain Lane Road to Wirz Valley Road), among others.
Waters gave credit for the mutual assistance he received from across the state, adding that he was in awe of the organization on offer.
“For this reason, we saved lives and property,” he said.
Capt. John Lanier said the damage assessment was disheartening, especially the long-lost homes of elderly residents.
“This was a huge fire,” he said, noting the loss of 300 buildings. “Our society is going to take some time to recover from this.”