Brush fire off U.S. Highway 11-E slows down traffic

BRISTOL, Tenn. - Traffic heading out of Bristol on U.S. Highway 11-E was brought a standstill this afternoon while crews battled a brush fire.

The Bristol, Tennessee Fire Department says the fire started as a controlled burn, but high winds sent the flames up the hillside.

The department says the fire started just after 1 p.m. and burned two to three acres of land.

"No one was injured no firefighters injured, a lot personnel are working. Everything is under control at this time," said Lieutenant David McGlamery of the Bristol, Tenn. Fire Department.

McGlamery tells News 5 they are not sure who started the controlled-burn.

Avoca and Bluff City Fire Departments were called in for back-up.

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