HAMPTON — Firefighters from Carter County’s volunteer fire departments and the Tennessee Division of Forestry battled a forest fire Wednesday that threatened several homes in Stout Hollow and Swimming Pool Road.
The fire was within several feet of one house in Stout Hollow, but as of press time, no homes had burned. The fire has burned approximately 20 acres of forested and extremely steep slopes.
The fire is in the Hampton-Valley Forge Volunteer Fire Department’s district. The department was receiving support in the form of brush trucks and tankers from the other volunteer fire departments in the county.
Firefighters from the state also were battling the blaze. Tim Phelps with the state Division of Forestry in Nashville said the fire was one of several that state firefighters were battling in East Tennessee on Wednesday. He said conditions were favorable for forest fires and there was concern about a weak front expected to move into the area Friday that could cause windy conditions.
Carter County Emergency Management Agency Director Andrew Worley said volunteer fire departments have managed the fire without requesting any other resources from the county.
In addition to threatening some homes, the fire also spread dense smoke throughout the town of Hampton, spreading as far south as U.S. Highway 19E.