A dozen days after a fire storm swept out of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and across Gatlinburg, Tennessee, leading to 14 deaths and consuming more than 1,000 structures, the national park planned to reopen its western entrance to the public on Friday in conjunction with the reopening of Gatlinburg.
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Two Juveniles Charged In Connection With Deadly Chimney Tops 2 Fire At Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Two juveniles from Tennessee have been charged with aggravated arson in connection with the Chimney Tops 2 Fire at Great Smoky Mountains National Park that led to 14 deaths.
With wetter weather providing help from above, firefighters at Great Smoky Mountains National Park are making progress on containing the Chimney Tops 2 Fire blamed for 14 deaths in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
Unseasonably dry weather, apparent carelessness with fire, and hurricane-force winds turned a 1.5-acre fire along the roof of Great Smoky Mountains National Park into a killer conflagration that will long leave a mark on Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and the park. Contributor Danny Bernstein examines the damage that's been done.
Six-hundred firefighters were spread out across Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Saturday trying to better assess the growing footprint of the deadly Chimney Tops 2 Fire while also working to get the upper hand on a second fire that had covered 750 acres in the park's backcountry.
While nearly 2 inches of rain fell Wednesday on the Great Smoky Mountains, a conflagration that has claimed at least seven lives and destroyed 700 structures this week could still flare up without continued rainfall, officials said.
Friends Of The Smokies Raises $100,000, Will Aid Great Smoky Mountains National Park Wildfire Recovery
In less than 48 hours, thousands of individual donors contributed more than $100,000 to Friends of the Smokies in support of Great Smoky Mountains National Park on #GivingTuesday. One hundred percent of these donations will help meet the greatest needs of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, beginning immediately with emergency relief efforts related to the recent wildfires.
At least three people were killed by fires that swept more than 15,000 acres in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and neighboring Gatlinburg, Tennessee, where more than 100 buildings, including a 16-story hotel in the colorful resort town, were damaged or destroyed. Crews worked into the night Tuesday to continue to assess damage in the park, though the historic LeConte Lodge was said to have survived the conflagration without damage.
UPDATED: Forest Fire Leads To Closure Of Newfound Gap And Other Roads In Great Smoky Mountains National Park
A wildfire burning not far from the roof of Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Monday led to closure of the Newfound Gap Road, Cherokee Orchard Road, and Elkmont Road due to the fire crossing the road and thick smoke creating "almost white-out conditions," while a second fire close to the western edge of the park led to a voluntary evacuation of a Gatlinburg, Tennessee, neighborhood.
Work continued Friday to put out a wildfire burning near the top of the Chimney Tops Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.