Note: This story was updated at 5:25 p.m.
A brown-gray haze thickened over Oak Ridge on Monday and the smell of smoke hung in the air as firefighters battled blazes in East Tennessee and across the state.
The haze was visible at least into west Knox County.
Anderson County and Oak Ridge both issued reminders that a burn ban is in effect. The Oak Ridge Police Department sent out a notice that the smoke in the air is due to numerous brush fires throughout the state, and the department asked residents to not call 911 to inquire about the cause.
Three active fires were reported in Anderson County, with 1,485 acres burned. [Read more…]