Fire Burns Top Of High Point On Lookout Mountain

Monday, November 01, 2010

A slow-burning woods fire scorched the mile-long top of High Point - the highest point on Lookout Mountain.

Bobby Davenport, executive director of the Lula Lake Land Trust, estimated that 200-300 acres were affected.

He said, "It was a low-temperature fire and mainly took out the briars and the lower vegetation so it should be beneficial.

"The blueberries and huckleberries should come back better than ever."

He added, "The Forestry Commission cut some trails that we have been needing cut."

Mr. Davenport said the Georgia Forestry Commission put out the blaze after bringing in a bulldozer to the isolated peak that is reached from Lula Lake Road.

Sunday night or Monday morning, the brush fire at the WBDX (102.7) tower on High Point burnt through the transmitter cabling taking J103 - (103.1, 102.7, and 105.9) off the air. Also burnt in the fire was the old transmitter building and the stairs leading up to the WBDX tower.

Station officials said crews are working currently and it looks like J103 would be back on the air sometime Monday night. Listeners have been able to listen online at j103.com, but not the radio.

It is believed the fire was started by campers trespassing on property located near the land trust property.


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