Published On: Wed, Feb 26th, 2014

Arson wildfire burns 85 acres in Yellowhill

 

Smoke billows from a mountain in the Yellowhill Community from a fire, which has been deemed arson, which burned 85 acres on Tuesday, Feb. 25.  (SCOTT MCKIE B.P./One Feather)

Smoke billows from a mountain in the Yellowhill Community from a fire, which has been deemed arson, which burned 85 acres on Tuesday, Feb. 25. (SCOTT MCKIE B.P./One Feather)

By SCOTT MCKIE B.P.

ONE FEATHER STAFF

 

A wildfire that has burned 85 acres in the Yellowhill Community has been deemed an arson fire according to BIA Cherokee Agency Superintendent Darlene Whitetree.  The first started on Tuesday, Feb. 25 and had multiple starts.

“Several structures were threatened,” said Whitetree,” but, with the help of the Cherokee Fire Department, we were able to pull the fire back so no structures were damaged.  And, thank goodness, no injuries occurred.”

As of this time, firefighters have a ring around the fire which is contained, but Whitetree said higher winds on Wednesday, Feb. 26 were a concern.

She related they do not currently have any leads.  Anyone with information on this arson fire may contact the confidential WETIP line at 1-800-472-7766.  The line is manned 24/7, and if information provided leads to a conviction, a reward of $10,000 will be given.

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