The Short of It:
Parts of Tennessee's Great Smoky Mountains are literally up in smoke.
The Longer Version of It:
Afire started in the Great Smoky Mountains earlier this week and a sweep of strong winds carried the fires down to nearby towns. This one comes just a month after wildfires raged through Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina as a result of some intense droughts. Nearly 80,000 acres of land have been torched. This one has caused the death of three people, forced the evacuation of thousands, and damaged hundreds of structures in the resort towns nearby. The fires were so close to the Dollywood theme park that has been temporarily shut down. Meanwhile, firefighters are still struggling to maintain and snuff out flames. National Guard soldiers have been giving out wellness check and last night, officials implemented a curfew.
TBD when the thousands of residents who had to evacuate their homes get to return. It's all not bad though, things are looking up. Rain showering theGatlinburg area might be helping.