Suspect arrested in Sequatchie County wildfire

Dakota Ashton Tucker (source: Tennessee Department of Agriculture)

DUNLAP, Tenn. (WATE) – A suspect has been arrested for deliberately setting a fire that burned 65 acres in Sequatchie County, Tennessee, which is just northwest of Chattanooga.

Dakota Ashton Tucker, 24, is charged with setting fire to personal property or land. The fire began November 14 near Sunshine Road. Tucker is being held in the Grundy County Jail. The arrest is unrelated to the wildfire in Gatlinburg and Sevier County that has claimed at least 10 lives.

The charge is a Class E felony, which could carry one to six years in prison and up to $3,000 in fines.

More than 1,400 wildfires have burned across Tennessee, almost half of which are suspected arson. Anyone who believes they’ve seen arson activity should call Tennessee’s Arson Hotline at 1-800-762-3017. A cash reward of up to $2,500 is available for information that leads to an arrest or conviction. A regional burn ban remains in effect for East Tennessee.



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