Sen. Corker tours fire-damaged area of Hamilton County

Bob Corker (Courtesy: WNCN)

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WKRN) – Senator Bob Corker visited Mowbray Mountain in Hamilton County Monday morning to tour the area damaged by recent wildfires.

“It’s actually pretty amazing. What these firefighters are doing is having to carry these water bladders on their back, which are very heavy, in addition to their normal gear,” the senator noted.

“Once they used that water, they have to trek back up the elevation to reload then go back down again. It’s incredibly tedious work,” Corker added.

Wildfires are still burning throughout Tennessee with 61 wildfires burning in the state as of Monday morning, according to the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry.

There have been 1,295 fires in the state during 2016.

Investigators suspect arsonists started many of these fires, including the Mowbray Mountain fire. It’s been burning since Nov. 5, and is now 90 percent contained. It has burned 899 acres.

There’s now a $2,500 reward for tips that lead to an arson arrest and conviction. If you see something suspicious, call 1-800-762-3017 to report it. Someone is there to answer your call 24 hours a day, and you can remain anonymous.

Governor Bill Haslam has issued burn bans in 51 Middle and East Tennessee counties. Those include Roberston, Wilson, Sumner and Marshall Counties.