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Southern states face increasing risk for wildfires

December 16, 2016

Fire is as common to Western states as the drought-dried shrubs that feed the flames. Wildfires, long considered a problem exclusive to the West, now threaten many other parts of the country as extreme weather becomes more commonplace and more people live in areas at risk for wildfire.

Sources: Teens toying with matches started Gatlinburg wildfire

December 09, 2016

The teenagers charged with setting the fire in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that ultimately spread to torch thousands of homes and businesses and kill 14 people were horsing around with matches, sources say.

Death toll in Tennessee wildfires rises to 11

December 02, 2016

The death toll stands at 11 in the historic wildfire that tore through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and this resort town earlier in the week, with no identities of the dead confirmed by officials so far and the search still on for others, authorities said Thursday.

Why wildfires are suddenly ravaging the Southeast

December 02, 2016

On Sunday, a NASA satellite caught a hypnotic image of wildfire smoke threading its way up from the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee and North Carolina. The sight of wildfires raging throughout the Southeast is news for some, but for the region it’s confirmation of what locals have been going through for weeks. Since October, more than 150,000 acres have burned throughout Appalachia. But why?

Tennessee wildfires threaten resort towns of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge

November 29, 2016

Motorists fleeing wildfires in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge packed roads in and out of the resort towns Monday night as flames and choking smoke driven by wind swept across the area.

California wildfires" wreak havoc across the South

November 15, 2016

Dry weather and drought conditions are fueling an outbreak of wildfires across the South, and thousands of firefighters are working to put out the flames.

More than 70 fires, stretched across eight southern states – including North Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee -- have already charred more than 100,000 acres and forced evacuations, reports CBS News correspondent Mark Strassmann.

Authorities suspect arson as wildfires spread across the south

November 14, 2016

Southern wildfires — many of them suspected cases of arson — are spewing smoke so thick that residents are being urged to wear special masks if they must go outdoors. Many of the nation's largest active wildfires have been burning in the southern Appalachian mountains, where a relentless drought has turned pine trees into torches and forced evacuations in dozens of communities.

Rapidly growing Colorado wildfire prompts mandatory evacuations in Custer County

October 17, 2016

A wildfire is spreading rapidly through a central Colorado county, forcing people in nearly 200 homes to evacuate or prepare to evacuate, with more to be announced. Officials do not know what caused the fire, which was first reported at 3:40 a.m. on Monday, but by late Monday morning, it had grown to at least 2,500 acres.

Wildfires aren’t just for the West anymore

October 11, 2016

Fire is as common to Western states as the drought-dried shrubs that feed the flames. This month marks the 25th anniversary of the Oakland Hills Firestorm in the San Francisco Bay Area that destroyed about 3,000 homes and killed 25 people. At an estimated $1.5 billion in losses — $2.7 billion in today’s dollars — it remains the country’s most costly wildfire to date.

America’s ring of fire

October 08, 2016

Wildfires are getting bigger, more expensive to fight and closer than ever to where people live. The consequences can be deadly. This episode of Reveal examines how wildfires got so dangerous – and how people in some areas are fighting back.