Tag Archives: Tennessee

Judge Rules Tennessee Wildfire Survivors Can Sue National Park Service

2016 Gatlinburg wildfire killed over a dozen people     GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — Survivors of a historically deadly Tennessee wildfire that killed 14 people can sue the National Park Service for failing to warn them of the danger, a ...

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Tennessee Creates Strike Team for Prescribed Burns

Grant helps state with forest management     NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Forestry officials in Tennessee say a strike team is being created to perform prescribed burning on public and private forest land in the Cumberland Plateau. Tennessee Division of ...

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Tennessee Offers Federal Wildfire Prevention Grants

Application period runs from Aug. 5 to Sept. 20     NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is providing access to federal grant programs to help communities and volunteer fire departments become better equipped for wildfires. The state Department of Agriculture ...

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Wildfire Management Project Set for East Tennessee

Project will encompass 1 million acres     NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Federal conservation officials say a watershed restoration and forestry management project is planned in a large section of east Tennessee. The Natural Resources Conservation Service says in a ...

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Tennessee Wildfire Survivors File $14.8M Lawsuit

Federal employees blamed for violating fire-management policies     KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two survivors of deadly Tennessee wildfires that began in Great Smoky Mountains National Park have sued the federal government, claiming they lost loved ones and a home ...

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Gatlinburg Rebounds from Wildfires, Cautious of the Future

Devastating fires could become the “new normal.”   By JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — Bob Bentz had just installed underground utility lines and paved a new road when wildfires roared through the eastern Tennessee treetop canopy he ...

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Memorial Announced for Victims of Tennessee Wildfires

14 people were killed in deadly wildfires   GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — A year after deadly wildfires broke out in Tennessee, members of the community have come together to remember the 14 people whose lives were lost. Nicole Ogle, chairwoman ...

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Gatlinburg Fire Swarm

This fire had beaten expectations since its first day   Matt Lakin, Knoxville News-Sentinel Greg Miller had seen worse. After 10 years as fire chief in a mountain tourist town, he knew the tactics of wild- land firefighting inside out. ...

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Gatlinburg Fire: A Lit Fuse

As they drove along Newfound Gap, Salansky spotted a black cloud   Matt Lakin, Knoxville News Sentinel The bare rock cracked and crumbled beneath his fingertips. Every so often, a handhold or footing gave way, sending bits of stone clattering ...

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Pigeon Forge Honors Firefighters Who Battled Deadly Wildfires

Tribute wall honors first responders in Patriot Park   PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee city has reunited first responders to unveil its tribute to their work battling deadly wildfires last year. Pigeon Forge tourism officials say 39 of ...

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