Signal Mountain fire in Tennessee growing

SIGNAL MOUNTAIN, Tenn., Firefighters are battling a fire in a suburb of Chattanooga, Tenn., that had grown to 65 acres by Sunday afternoon.

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No structures are considered endangered by the fire and it’s expected to burn for several days in Signal Mountain, a town of 7500, according to the Hamilton County, Tenn., Office of Emergency Management & Homeland Security.

The fire started Saturday in the Flipper Bend area of the mountain.

The Air National Guard dropped wire on the fire from a helicopter, according to Hamilton County Emergency Services spokeswoman Amy Maxwell.

Fires are also burning in nearby Mowbray and Lookout mountains, which created a smokey situation Monday morning in the Tennessee Valley, according to WRCB-TV.

WRCB-TV meteorologist Nick Austin forecasts a slight chance of rain Wednesday but said it likely would not be enough rain to extinguish the fires.

“If we do get anything, it’ll kind of be the last time a little bit of rain came through, when it turned out to just be sprinkles and that was it,” Austin said to the Times Free Press.

Just 0.08 of an inch of rain was registered at the Chattanooga Airport during October, Austin said. That matches the lowest amount of rain for Chattanooga in October since 1938.
By Allen Cone