Posted August 11, 2018 06:25:50 The devastating wildfire that swept through southern Tennessee and threatened more than 400 homes and businesses has spread to more than 90 other counties and towns, and some are beginning to see some of the damage.
The Tennessee Department of Natural Resources and Forestry said Saturday that at least three homes and several businesses in the Fayetteville area have been destroyed, and that three more were destroyed in Cumberland County.
It is not clear how many homes and other structures were damaged.
Fire officials also said there were no confirmed injuries in Fayette and Cumberland counties.
The fire also damaged several mobile homes, power lines and other property.
Authorities are now assessing damage and evacuating homes in Cumberlands and Fayette counties.
Residents in Fye, where about 1,000 homes were destroyed, said they heard a large boom, but they didn’t know what caused it.
They said they saw flames coming down the road and saw flames on the ground.
They also heard a loud crash, which they said sounded like a jet engine.
In Cumberland, where more than 1,500 homes were damaged, the fire was under control about 11:30 a.m.
Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.
The agency said the wildfire burned a road about 12 miles (19 kilometers) east of Cumberland and was 30 percent contained.
The National Weather System Center in Asheville said the fire started at about 9:30 p.m., burning a stretch of forest about 40 miles (65 kilometers) southeast of Cumberlands.
The fire is burning near the edge of the forest and has charred about 400 acres, the National Park Service said in a tweet.
The wildfire burned about a mile (1.4 kilometers) from the road, and it was about 2,000 feet (610 meters) from trees.
The wildfire burned near a gas station, power line and a barn that was hit by flames.
The blaze burned about half of the property.
The Forest Service said Saturday afternoon that it had evacuated about 200 homes from the area.