The brush fire as seen from Highway 11E.
Jonesborough Fire Department Chief Phil Fritts said his department responded to a “rather involved” brush fire at 270 Upper Sand Valley Road at 5:18 p.m.
Thursday after an assistant pastor at the Episcopal Holiness Church had burned wood behind the church without a burn permit. After the fire raged out of the pastor’s control, damage spread over several acres, Fritts said.
Fire departments from Embreeville, Limestone and Sulphur Springs aided the JFD with the fire, which tied up manpower and resources for around 2½ hours. Fritts said there have been a rash of fires lately, many of which could have been avoided altogether if a burn permit had been acquired from the U.S. Forest Service prior to the fire.
He said the case is being turned over to the Washington County Sheriff’s Department.
Washington County volunteer firefighters battled a large brush fire off Upper Sand Valley Road Thursday afternoon.
High wind hindered efforts to contain the blaze as it swept across a pasture, burning everything in its path. Responders called in all available volunteer firefighters as well as the Tennessee Division of Forestry. The blaze was estimated to be more than one acre and growing.
No other details were immediately available.
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Press Staff Writer Tony Casey contributed to this story