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Walker County controlled burn brings smoke to Chattanooga

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Smoke filled the Chattanooga sky Saturday evening because of a combination of wind and fire from the south.

The U.S. Forest Service conducted a controlled burn on federal land in the "pocket wilderness" area of Walker County, Ga., between the Johns and Horn mountains. The burn ran from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and stretched about 900 acres.

Jeff Schardt, a district fire management officer in the Chattahoochee National Forest, said that while these controlled burns bring smoke, they are also necessary. On Saturday, Forest Service employees burned leaves and shrubs and pine needles to prevent a more dangerous, unpredictable wildfire later.

Those pieces of the forest are like fuel, just waiting to ignite.

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