Fire crews are keeping a close watch on several wildfires that have been burning since the weekend.
The largest of those weekend fires, in Caryville, is contained but Ted Daily, Tennessee Division of Forestry district forester, says that winds are expected to kick up this afternoon, and that could quickly make the fire bigger. 255 acres have burned there so far.
There were thirty fires reported over the weekend in the eastern district, involving 960 acres of land.
No new fires have been reported since Sunday afternoon.
Forestry officials will not be issuing burn permits in most cases Monday, because the low humidity and high winds can cause a fire to burn out of control quickly.
Will in most cases not be issuing burn permits today, low humidity, windy day and some formula they use has today being listed as a High Fire Danger day.
(WBIR-New Market) Dry and windy conditions caused multiple wildfires throughout East Tennessee this weekend.
According to the Tennessee Division of Forestry, about 15 different brush fires in at least six different counties, burned about 350 acres total on Saturday.
Two brush fires kept in Jefferson County kept crews busy. By nighttime, both fires were under control.
The larger fire of the two, located near Old Dandridge Pike in New Market, affected 114 acres, according to New Market Volunteer Fire Department Capt. Sammy Solomon. Crews were able to stop it from threatening nearby homes.
The other brush fire, near Charlie Hodges Road in Strawberry Plains, covered at least 50 acres.
Capt. Solomon said the brush fire near Old Dandridge Pike is the worst one they have seen this year.
Multiple departments in the surrounding areas responded to the brush fires. Tennessee Highway Patrol, Jefferson Co. Sheriff's Office, and Jefferson Co. EMS also responded. Capt. Solomon estimates around 100 people assisted with the fires.
"It's over in the rough, rocky area. It's a lot of trees, brush, and that's what we're dealing with. We can't get trucks in there. We have to fight it by hand or ATVS," Capt. Solomon said.
Robert Harrington of New Market was doing a controlled burn on the farm near Old Dandridge Pike. The Tennessee Division of Forestry issued him a permit to burn on the property this weekend. Harrington leases the farm.
Capt. Solomon said this is the second time crews have been called out to assist with a brush fire on this property.
"I've got a big burn break just like they told me to do. I got my permit and then the wind picked up," Harrington said.
According to Harrington, the wind did not pick up until the end of the controlled burn. It jumped a nearby fence on the property and quickly spread.
"I'm sorry this has happened. Obviously, I didn't meant for this to happen. I tried to do what I was told to do... If it would've been this windy when I started, I wouldn't have started," he said.
The Tennessee Division of Forestry cited Harrington for "reckless burning."
Red Cross volunteers fed more than 80 firefighters dinner while they worked on the fires.
Forestry crews ask people to avoid burning on windy days and to keep their brush piles a safe distance from not only their homes, but also the woods where the fire can spread more quickly.