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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.

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.