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TVA sets Thief Neck Island on fire

We sent the NewsChannel 9 SkyCam in the air, to show you the fire burning there Monday.

The Tennessee Valley Authority is setting its own property on fire as an important part of making sure a popular recreational area thrives.

Chris Cooper with TVA says people come to Thief Neck Island from all over the state to camp and hunt.

We sent the NewsChannel 9 SkyCam in the air, to show you the fire burning there Monday.

"Our main purpose of this burn is for wildlife and habitat management," Cooper said.

Jack Muncy explained how the controlled burn helps keep big game like deer and other animals on the island alive.

"You have everything down to small salamanders. so for example by burning off the leaf litter here it exposes insects- which most of your birds feed on," Muncy said.

After hiking about a mile in inland, we found the flames creating all of this smoke.

Just like a pharmacist follows a prescription to fill medication, TVA and TWRA crews are married to a specific weather directive.

Randy Short said, "We have an actual prescription. Before you come out and do the burn your relative humidity and your temperature would need to fall within those parameters."

On a scale of one to five, TVA says the fire danger was around a three or four Monday. They wouldn't do something like Monday's prescribed burn in the middle of a drought like we had last fall.

TVA crews say they do similar burns on their properties closer to Chattanooga near the Chickamauga dam properties.


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