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City of Gatlinburg thriving despite recent wildfires

March 06, 2017

Despite the recent wildfires that engulfed parts of Gatlinburg, city leaders say the tourist city is now thriving.

Marci Claude from the city of Gatlinburg says the burned areas affected thousands of residential areas that residents are currently rebuilding. She is encouraging the public to return for their vacations and family trips.

What's The Leading Cause Of Wildfires In The U.S.?

February 27, 2017

Wildfires can start when lightning strikes or when someone fails to put out a campfire. New research shows that people start a lot more fires than lightning does — so much so that people are drastically altering wildfire in America.

Fire ecologist Melissa Forder says about 60 percent of fires in national parks are caused by humans: "intentionally set fires, buildings burning and spreading into the forest, smoking, equipment malfunctions and campfires."

Humans have dramatically increased extent, duration of wildfire season

February 27, 2017

Humans have dramatically increased the spatial and seasonal extent of wildfires across the U.S. in recent decades and ignited more than 840,000 blazes in the spring, fall and winter seasons over a 21-year period, according to new University of Colorado Boulder-led research. a NASA satellite image showing fires in California

After analyzing two decades’ worth of U.S. government agency wildfire records spanning 1992-2012, the researchers found that human-ignited wildfires accounted for 84 percent of all wildfires, tripling the length of the average fire season and accounting for nearly half of the total acreage burned.

Crews Battling 2 Wildfires in Southeastern Oklahoma

February 02, 2017

Crews are battling two wildfires in rural eastern Oklahoma that have burned more than 10 square miles combined.

Oklahoma Forestry Services fire management chief Mark Goeller said the first fire in Haskell County was about 50 percent contained as of Thursday afternoon, but might continue to burn for another two days. Goeller said no homes or other structures were immediately threatened.

Worst wildfires in Chile's history continue to burn

January 31, 2017

As of Jan. 31, there were 111 active fires ongoing throughout the country. More than 1.4 million acres have been burned since July 1 of 2016 with most occurring in the last two months.

Wildfires burn millions of acres in Argentina

January 06, 2017

Wildfires in Argentina have burned approximately 2.47 million acres (1 million hectares) over the last several weeks. On December 22 NASA satellites started detecting heat from fires that grew to become some of the larger blazes on the east side of the country 90 miles (145 kilometers) west of the coastal city of Bahia Blanca.

Local businesses struggle to regroup after wildfires

January 05, 2017

“We’re suffering greatly,” says Kim Cason, who owns and operates The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant in Chimney Rock with her husband, Don Cason. During Veterans Day weekend last year, the inn was fully booked when the Casons and their guests were among those ordered to evacuate as the Party Rock Fire threatened the area. And though the fire has long since been extinguished, the occupancy rate hasn’t come back up.

The science of wildfires may be up in smoke

December 28, 2016

With wildfire becoming more prevalent in the U.S. and the Forest Service increasingly looking to let some wildfires burn, there's a need to better understand the smoke that billows from those fires.

Want to help Gatlinburg? Come visit, biz owners say

December 25, 2016

While this Smoky Mountain tourist destination is open for business after a devastating wildfire last month, many visitors are gawking at the damage instead of shopping or visiting attractions, people who make their livelihood in the town said.

Crews Battle Large Wildfire Near Shawnee

December 20, 2016

Crews are working to get a handle on a large wildfire near Shawnee, Tuesday afternoon.

Authorities tell News 9 the fire has consumed more than 80 acres of land so far near the Shawnee Reservoir. The fire is located on the southwest side of the reservoir, near EW County Rd. 116 and Patterson Rd.