The aftermath of Gatlinburg Wildfire: claims 11 lives, leaves burnt trees and ashes

December 2, 2016 11:15 AM |

gatlenburg fire 1 post

December 2, 2016 11:15 AM


1 December, 2016 11:15 AM


November 30, 2016 10:25 AM


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.


Image Credit: twitter




For accurate weather forecast and updates, download Skymet Weather (Android App | iOS App) App.

Weather Forecast

Other Latest Stories

Weather on Twitter
उत्तर भारत में बारिश बंद होने के बाद कुछ दिनों से घना कोहरा देखने को मिल रहा था। अब स्थितियाँ बदली हैं। हवा तेज़ हु…
Wednesday, January 22 20:15Reply
पूर्वी मध्य प्रदेश और उत्तरी छत्तीसगढ़ में जारी बारिश में अब रूकावट आएगी। रात के तापमान में 2-4°C की गिरावट की संभा…
Wednesday, January 22 20:00Reply
2018 was a record year as far as #Typhoons are concerned. However, 2019 set a new mark surpassing the previous year…
Wednesday, January 22 19:34Reply
According to the weather models at Skymet, we expect the intensity of the rains to increase today and few moderate…
Wednesday, January 22 18:34Reply
उत्तर-पश्चिम दिशा से चलने वाली तेज़ हवाओं के चलते पंजाब, हरियाणा, दिल्ली, उत्तरी राजस्थान और पश्चिमी उत्तर प्रदेश…
Wednesday, January 22 18:01Reply
#Lahore saw something mysterious, and no it wasn’t a UFO, it was an o-shaped black #cloud. Both the netizens had se…
Wednesday, January 22 17:36Reply
उत्तर भारत में सिर्फ कश्मीर पर होगी वर्षा और बर्फबारी। हिमाचल और उत्तराखंड समेत मैदानी इलाकों में मौसम शुष्क रहने…
Wednesday, January 22 17:24Reply
वैष्णो देवी और आसपास के भागों में 23 जनवरी तक मौसम साफ रहेगा। लेकिन 24 जनवरी की रात तक एक नया पश्चिमी विक्षोभ दस्तक…
Wednesday, January 22 16:40Reply
23 से 25 जनवरी के बीच उत्तर पश्चिमी दिशा से आने वाली तेज़ हवाओं के कारण दिन और रात के तापमान में गिरावट होगी। 28 जन…
Wednesday, January 22 14:45Reply
राष्ट्रीय राजधानी क्षेत्र में बुधवार की सुबह घने कोहरे और तापमान में गिरावट के साथ हुई है। आज सुबह दिल्ली और आसपास…
Wednesday, January 22 14:30Reply

latest news

Skymet weather

Download the Skymet App

Our app is available for download so give it a try