Long-awaited independent review of 2016 fire in Great Smoky Mountains NP released

GATLINBURG – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke released a long-awaited independent review of the Chimney Tops 2 Fire that burned 11,410 acres in Great Smoky Mountains National Park in November 2016 and merged with other area fires, leaving 14 people dead and millions of dollars in damages in the wake.

According to a Department of Interior release, the report outlines the origins and growth of the Chimney Tops 2 Fire within Park boundaries and identifies a number of factors that contributed to the wildfire's growth over six days within the Park before it moved beyond Park boundaries to merge with other fires and become the Sevier County fires. The report also summarizes findings and recommendations regarding the Park’s fire management planning and response capabilities.

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