Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Gatlinburg Aftermath

The 2016 Great Smoky Mountains wildfires are a complex of wildfires which began in late November 2016. Some of the towns most impacted are Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, both near Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The fires have claimed at least 14 lives, injured 134, and are one the largest natural disasters in the history of Tennessee. As of December 12, the fires had burned more than 10,000 acres (15 square miles) inside the national park, and 6,000 acres in other parts of the area. At least 14,000 area residents and tourists were forced to evacuate, while over 2000 buildings were damaged and/or destroyed. One of the largest wildfires is the Chimney Tops 2 Fire, which has burned more than 10,000 acres, and closed the Chimney Tops Trail

I am Turning a bowl from a tree burnt in the Gatlinburg fires. My hopes are to give it back to the town to preserve beauty from tragedy
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