published Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

UPDATE: Wildfire Tuesday on Cherokee Valley Road burns 60 acres

Kevin Spurling, of Jared Henry Contractors, sharpens his chain saw before removing downed trees along a creek in the 2500 block of Cherokee Valley Road Friday in Catoosa County.
Kevin Spurling, of Jared Henry Contractors, sharpens his chain saw before removing downed trees along a creek in the 2500 block of Cherokee Valley Road Friday in Catoosa County.
Photo by Tim Barber.

A wildfire burned about 60 acres in tornado-felled trees near Ringgold Tuesday before it was declared under control at about 6:30 p.m. by the Georgia Forestry Commission, which bulldozed firebreaks around the blaze.

“It was a little larger than what we thought,” Catoosa County Fire Battalion Chief Steve Quinn said this morning.

Firefigthers initially pegged the wildfire at about 20 acres.

The wildfire was sparked by a burning brush pile on tornado-slammed Cherokee Valley Road and burned northwest toward White Oak Mountain.

“It is still smoking a little bit at this time,” Quinn said at 10:30 a.m., adding, “No houses were damaged. Nobody was hurt.”

Asked if the person doing the burning would be cited, Quinn said, “That would be up to forestry.”

The state agency issues burn permits outside city limits, he said. State forestry officials weren’t immediately available for comment.

about Tim Omarzu...

Tim Omarzu covers education for the Times Free Press. Omarzu is a longtime journalist who has worked as a reporter and editor at daily and weekly newspapers in Michigan, Nevada and California.

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