published Monday, March 14th, 2011

Signal brush fire contained


by Chris Carroll
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    Members of the Sequoyah Volunteer Fire Department join other area firefighters as they work to bring a brush fire under control Monday near the top of Signal Mountain.
    Staff Photo by John Rawlston/Chattanooga Times Free Press

UPDATE 8:52 p.m. —

Fire personnel contained a 12- to 15-acre Signal Mountain brush fire fewer than four hours after it was reported, officials said.

The first emergency call came at about 2:15 p.m. after a resident burning kudzu on Sunset Drive lost control of the fire, according to Hamilton County Emergency Services spokeswoman Amy Maxwell.

Rough terrain and narrow driveways plus the remoteness of the fire made it difficult for firefighters to battle the blaze, officials said, but more than 50 personnel from 12 different agencies were able to control the burning before it could damage homes or property.

The circumstances surrounding the cause of the fire are under investigation by the Tennessee Department of Forestry.

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