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Juveniles Charged in Fatal Tennessee Wildfire

Wildfire killed 14 people and destroyed over 2,400 structures   JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities on Wednesday charged two juveniles in an East Tennessee wildfire that killed 14 people and destroyed or damaged more than 2,400 ...

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Officials: No Mobile Alert of Gatlinburg Evacuation

Citywide evacuation broadcast did not go out to mobile devices   HAYES HICKMAN, Knoxville News-Sentinel Local, state and federal officials confirmed that the order to evacuate Gatlinburg amid Monday night’s deadly firestorm was not sent to mobile devices in the ...

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Death Toll in Tennessee Wildfire Rises to 14

Elderly woman died while fleeing the fire   GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — The death toll from the Gatlinburg area fires has risen to 14. On Sunday, the National Park Service and other authorities said 81-year-old Elaine Brown of Sevierville died ...

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Death Toll Rises to 13 in Tennessee Wildfires

Residents get a first look at damage in Gatlinburg on Friday   ADAM BEAM and JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — People in cars and trucks rolled into the wildfire-ravaged city of Gatlinburg on Friday to get a ...

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Brotherhood Connects Internationally at Israeli Wildfires

Cypriots, Palestinians and Americans join Israeli firefighters at work   ELIYAHU KAMISHER and ADAM RASGON, The Jerusalem Post The Givat Mordechai fire station in southwest Jerusalem took on an international tone the last weekend of November as firefighters from Cyprus, ...

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Oregon Smokejumper Fighting for His Life

Smokejumper suffered a head injury in a fall during an Alabama wildfire   REDMOND, Ore. (KTVZ) – A Redmond smokejumper is fighting for his life after being critically injured in a fall while fighting a wildfire in Alabama. Ray Rubio, ...

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Cal Fire Breaks Ground on New High-Tech Center

New center will help coordination among agencies during wildfires ALEX GROVES, The Press Enterprise A new high-tech facility that will allow different agencies to plan for, assess and assign resources to wildfires and other disasters is looking at a 2018 ...

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Recovery Begins as Rain Falls on Tennessee

Homes of several firefighters are among the estimated 300 destroyed   ADAM BEAM and JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — After nearly 24 hours of drenching rain helped quench a series of devastating wildfires in eastern Tennessee, local ...

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University Professor Predicted Gatlinburg Wildfire for Years

UT professor spent years presenting on the fuel and the WUI   ADAM TAMBURIN, Knoxville News-Sentinel When flames ripped through the Great Smoky Mountains and engulfed hotels and houses in and around Gatlinburg, it caught many people by surprise. But ...

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USAR K9’s Respond to Gatlinburg

Six canines and their handlers head to wildfire destruction YOLANDA JONES, The Commercial Appeal The K-9 unit with Tennessee Task Force I deployed Tuesday morning to Gatlinburg to help with search and rescue as a wildfire raged displacing thousands of ...

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