Firefighters working to control Hawkins Co. forest fire

11:44 PM, Nov 19, 2012   |    comments
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More than half a dozen crews are working to keep a forest fire under control in Hawkins County.

The fire has been burning since Thursday on Rough Hollow Road off of 11W outside of Rogersville. As it stands, more than 2,000 acres have burned.

Crews say protecting structures is their number one priority right now.

"It's good from the forestry perspective because it's burning the under-growth and the leaves and it's not really hurting the timber because it's not burning rapidly," said Andrew Bean, captain of the Lakeview Volunteer Fire Department.

The fire is expected to smolder for at least a couple more days. So far, no one has been evacuated.

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