Report finds fault, but not negligence, in USNPS's response to 2016 Great Smoky Mountains NP fire

A deadly fire fed by kindling-dry forests and whipped out of control by hurricane-force winds at Great Smoky Mountains National Park "overwhelmed" the park staff's ability to fight it, according to an independent review of the blaze that killed 14 in neighboring communities.

Additionally, the fire management officer did not closely following the park's fire management plan, and Superintendent Cassius Cash did not act to see that the plan was followed.

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