If you are seeing a haze in the air or smell smoke, you are not alone.
Multiple brush fires in East Tennessee have caused a hazy smoke to drift over much of the area, even miles away from where the fires are actually burning.
Extremely dry conditions have been keeping firefighters busy across the area, and burn warnings are in effect for every county and the Cherokee National Forest. So far this year, 965 fires have been reported across the state, burning more than 22-thousand acres.
According to Nathan Waters with the Division of Forestry and the department's latest wildfire report, 26 new fires were reported since Friday in the East Tennessee region, burning more than 12-hundred acres. Eighteen were reported in the Cumberland/Cookeville region which includes Cumberland and Fentress counties.
Four large fires were reported in Campbell County, one in Greene County, two in Morgan County, and one in Scott County. Smaller fires were reported in Anderson, Blount, Claiborne, Grainger, Hawkins, and Roane counties.
In addition, a large fire has burned more than 100 acres in the Cherokee National Forest in Polk County. Smoke from that fire is drifting north and is visible in Monroe and Blount counties.
Waters says many of those fires were started by arson. According to the report, fires in Anderson, Campbell, Fentress, Grainger, Hawkins, Monroe, and Morgan counties were caused by arson. Others were sparked by campfires or by a burning building that spread to the woods.
They urge anyone with any information on the arson fires to contact local law enforcement.