3 people dead, hundreds of buildings, homes destroyed by wildfire
3 people dead, hundreds of buildings and homes destroyed by raging wildfire in Gatlinburg
GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) - Three people have died in wildfires that have raged though Gatlinburg, Tenn., over the last 24 hours.
Wildfires fueled by high winds roared through parts of the Great Smoky Mountains, burning the doorstep of the Dollywood theme park, destroying a resort and chasing thousands of people from their homes.
National Guard troops arrived Tuesday to help overwhelmed firefighters, and Mother Nature provided a little relief as the winds calmed and rain fell in some areas. Forecasters said it would not be enough to end the relentless drought that has spread across the South and set the stage over the past few weeks for wildfires in Tennessee, Georgia and North Carolina.
I have been following this and it really IS heartbreaking.
Arson is suspected and since it is a National Park the person that caused it will be looking at serious federal time. Arson is a violent offense too so no camp. I really, really hope it isn't arson - the fire is bad enough, but the thought of it being started on purpose is too much to think about.
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