The aftermath of Gatlinburg Wildfire: claims 11 lives, leaves burnt trees and ashes
December 2, 2016 11:15 AM
Gatlinburg wildfire that shook hundreds of people across the Tennessee and thousands across world has finally died up leaving behind ashes and smoke to be cleared up.
The wildfire that ravaged through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park ended claiming a total of 11 lives with search of a few more if any still on. The blaze initiated on Monday night and continued to spread until Thursday.
Now talking about the aftermath of this fire, there are burnt and wrecked guardrails, unreadable signs, and singed debris. The massive outbreak of fire devastated hundreds of building in the Gatlinburg area though sparing the Dollywood Theme Park.
The enormous fire outbreak consumed more than 17,000 acres of land in the remote Chimney Tops area of the nearby Great Smoky Mountains National Park. A total of 11 people lost their lives with close to 14, 000 people displaced from their homes, including many treated for severe burn injuries and several others still missing.
Close to 700 buildings were destroyed, out of which 300 were damaged in Gatlinburg while the remaining in the adjoining Pigeon Forge including Wears Valley and Cobbly Nob. The area is still under flames and left with ashes and smoke. Approx. 200 firefighters have been battling against the fire out of which 20% of them are still battling against the flames while the rest are indulged in rescue operations.
Residents will be able to return to their homes by Friday to check their property and recuperate possessions. Except for Beech Branch, Walker Trail and Wiley Oakley roads, other roads will be reopened from 10 am to 5 pm.
The state officials feel that the city which was a favorite tourist spot for many will also be most probably reopened by middle of next week. Though, forecasts of more speedy winds are expected to continue over the dry area which means that the danger is still not completely over.
Gatlinburg wildfire: Death toll rises to seven, dozens more injured
1 December, 2016 11:15 AM
The Gatlinburg wildfire took a ravaged face on Tuesday with claiming three lives. The fire fierce even more as the death toll in the city rose to seven along with dozens other injured and being treated in hospitals.
The massive deadly wildfire which out broke in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg on Monday night is still burning and it will take time for the conditions to become normal again.
On Wednesday, the Gatlinburg authority confirmed that the death toll have rose significantly. Until yesterday, three people were reported to be dead however, the body count now increased to seven.
As per the latest reports of Gatlinburg authority, at least 40 buildings in the Sevier County along with close to 300 properties in Gatlinburg have been destroyed or damaged.
Almost the entire town of Gatlinburg, Tennessee had been evacuated due to the threat of wildfire and more than dozens of people are missing and over thousands are being evacuated from their homes.
It was god forbidden that the Dollywood theme parks and resorts were spared from the massive blaze. However, Tuesday’s rain helped in suppressing the inflammation, as per the experts, additional rounds of rainy spells are also foreseen on Wednesday that could aid in combating the fire.
As previously mentioned the reason for this massive inflammation were the dried up Gatlinburg region along with the strong winds gusting at a speed of 90mph.
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Three killed in massive Gatlinburg wildfire, rain brought some relief
November 30, 2016 10:25 AM
The Gatlinburg wildfire that led to approximately 14000 people evacuated along with several property damage took a fierce face killing 3 last night.
The blaze began on Monday evening near Gatlinburg, Tennessee suspected to be caused from arson. This massive wildfire were basically a result of strong gusty winds that blazed the dried up Gatlinburg area.
It was when a nearby Chimney Tops Trail in the national park blew into Gatlinburg destroying the beautiful tourist spot. Furthermore, winds gusting at almost 90mph added to the wildfire.
The fire took a rage on Tuesday claiming three lives. 12 minor injuries were also reported and approximately 150 structures including homes were reported to have been destroyed. They include the areas of Gatlinburg, Wears Valley, and Cobbly Nob area. Thankfully, properties at Dollywood were spared from the massive blaze.
In Gatlinburg, around 14000 people have to be flee from their homes in addition to plenty other tourists who have to be evacuated from the nearby resorts. Many of them have been sent to shelter at Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
However, some rain brought a relief to the area between Monday and Tuesday and as per the Met Department, more rains are being forecasted for Wednesday. Things may return back to normal however, 3 deaths and loss of several properties cannot be reverted.
It can be said that the worst is almost over as the winds that were responsible for the massive inflammation seems to have perished down.
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Strong winds on Monday caused inflammation on Chimney Top Mountain in Tennessee which rapidly spread to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. The wildfire that initiated late Monday night also led to several road closures and power failures.
Keeping this in mind, a level 3 State of Emergency was declared by the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) late Monday night. Close to thousands of people left the town, some of which drove right by the flames of the fire.
Moreover, over 30 buildings were under the influence of fire by late night. Evacuation process had been initiated particularly in parts of downtown Gatlinburg, Mynatt Park, Park Vista and Ski Mounty in Gatlinburg, and for the south part of Pigeon Forge close to Sevierville.
The town had also set up a shelter home at the Gatlinburg Community Center at 156 Proffitt Road and Rocky Top Sports World near Gatlinburg Pittman High School on Highway 321.
Public is advised to stay off the highways. Other areas that are under compulsory emptying includes Mynatt Park Neighborhood, East Foothills Road, Savage Gardens, Turkey Nest Road and Davenport Road areas.
TEMA also confirms against no casualties due to the wildfires though minor injuries have been reported. Furthermore, agencies from nearby states are also assisting officials in Gatlinburg.
As per the experts, the area close to Gatlinburg has remained dry since past few weeks which led to contributing in the threat of wildfires even more. However, few light rainy spells also witnessed across the area in the later night which help in combating with the wildfire.
As per the Met Department, more rain is also likely to make its appearance throughout the week which would aid in fighting against the burning.
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