Brush Fire Breaks Out On Aetna Mountain

Sunday, November 25, 2012

A fire broke out on Aetna Mountain on Sunday afternoon in an area where four-wheeler enthusiasts and developers have dueled for many years and where hunters and campers frequent.

Just a few days ago, the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency banned four-wheelers on its extensive property on Aetna Mountain, saying they were causing severe erosion problems.

A development group is planning a major development on much of the remainder of the property above the Cummings Cove development in Lookout Valley.

The Chattanooga Fire Department and the Forest Service were dealing with what was termed a brush fire.

The fire was said to be on property owned by the Perlaky family, who operate Raccoon Mountain Campground.

A new road is set to be built up the mountain to the planned new development, but it has not yet been constructed.

The Chattanooga Fire Department apparently has prime responsibility for getting the blaze under control. The city has annexed the site of the new development as well as the side of Aetna Mountain.

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