Perfect storm

Don Hendershot

A confluence of events that came together in the Southern Appalachians in the fall of 2016, which precipitated this unprecedented fire season: Decades of fuel buildup, drought, warm temperatures, low humidity, wind and then ignition. more


The true impact of the fires won't be known for decades but you will see them while you are in the woods this summer. Get answers with our Q&A from Smoky Mountain News. more


The slogan “Smokies Strong” rose up from the ashes of the 2016 forest fires. Donations flooded in from Gatlinburg’s countless fans across the world. But the best way to help is to visit. more


Gatlinburg Fire Aftermath

Holly Kays photo

Michael Luciano and Anthony Fulton found the fire while riding their ATVS just a few hundred yards from their home in Gatlinburg, Tenn. more

Jan 1, 2017 12:00 AM Departments

In Oak Ridge

Rick Robinson photo

Most of us have experienced the warmth and comfort of gathering around a fire with friends and family, but probably few of us realize that it’s one of humanity’s oldest traditions. more

Feb 1, 2016 12:00 AM Features 1 Comments