Forest Fire Burns Nearly 300 Acres

By: Julie Maloney Email
By: Julie Maloney Email

A fire that started Tuesday afternoon burned nearly three-hundred acres in the Elijah's Creek area of Clay County.

WYMT’s Julie Maloney spoke with concerned homeowners.

Flames surrounded several homes Tuesday night in Clay County after officials with the U.S. Forest Service say a fire was intentionally set.

Wednesday the fire is contained and homeowners say they're thankful to have a place to sleep.

A ring of ash is all that's left from a fire that surrounded Jerry and Sarah Noggle's home Tuesday.

“Looking from the road you could see nothing but black and smoke and flames,” Noggle said.

Jerry Noggle says he first saw the fire at two, Tuesday afternoon,” It came pretty quickly!”

Quick and dangerously close.

Flames still surrounded their house when they went to bed late Tuesday night.

Within minutes after Jerry Noggle noticed smoke and flames, the fire got closer to neighboring homes.

“We were packing up and leaving,” Carl Hacker said.

Carl Hacker says there was a wall of flames, fifty-feet high, just more than a hundred feet away from his house.

“We had four to five minutes to leave before it was in the yard,” Hacker said.

The fire covered nearly three-hundred acres.

The U.S. Forest Service helped put the flames out with helicopters and family's say they are relieved that they still have a place to call home.

Officials with the U.S. Forest Service say these families are very lucky.

They say if there was debris and tree limbs in the yards homes could have been lost.

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