Great Smokies Fire Update
The devastating fires in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge continue to burn. Total acres burned is up to 15,653. The current number of deaths associted with the fire stands at 13, but officials say they fear more deaths will be discovered as they work further back into the burned areas.
The fires spread down into Wears Valley but did not get to the Townssend Area, Cades Cove or the Tremont area. Reports say that Elkmont Camp ground was not affected. I’m still trying to get reports on whether the fires reached the Greenbriar area. The fire started near Chimeny Tops and worked it’s way down the valley, destroying the Chimney Tops picnic area and other forests down the valley.
It is very heartening to see how the outpouring of help has come to the aid of the victims and their families. The Tremont Lodge, where we hold our photo events, has opened rooms to all victims of the fire and their families. Dolly Parton is givng $1,000. per monh to all families in the affected area to help them as the are recovering. Amazing stories of love and kindness make you proud to live in this region.
While thousands of acres were affected much of the park was spared and the burned areas will recover over time. Please pray for all those that lost their homes and the many businesses affected. God will provide!
Some images I’ve been sent;
Also check out http://naturecallsphotography.blogspot.com/2016/12/come-back-to-smokies.html
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