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05/16/2017 - Forestry workers containing fire in Lake City area (WBIR)
05/04/2017 - Gatlinburg-area fire contained after burning more than 100 acres (Knoxville News Sentinel)
04/05/2017 - Investigation continues into brush fire at Radnor Lake (WSMV)
03/30/2017 - 20 acres burned by fire; $500 reward (Oak Ridge Today)
03/28/2017 - Fireworks suspected, reward offered in wildfire in west Oak Ridge on Saturday (Oak Ridge Today)
03/26/2017 - Firefighters receive medical care after Union forest fire (Knoxville News Sentinel)
03/25/2017 - Wildfire that burned 18 acres in west Oak Ridge is contained (Oak Ridge Today)
03/24/2017 - Interest in controlled fires spreads (Knoxville News Sentinel)
03/20/2017 - TVA conducts controlled burn on Watts Bar Lake (Knoxville News Sentinel)
03/06/2017 - Top of World community receives fire prevention honor (Knoxville News Sentinel)
01/18/2017 - For helicopter crews, fighting East Tennessee fires was a war (Knoxville News Sentinel)
01/17/2017 - Chimney Tops 2 Fire discussed at Senate Confirmation Hearing (WildfireToday.com)
01/17/2017 - Panel to review fire's spread from Smokies to Tennessee city (News-Herald)
01/03/2016 - Civil Air Patrol provides an eye in the sky during emergencies (The Daily Times)
12/29/2016 - VIDEO: East Tennessee’s 2016 wildfires, a year of devastation, resolve and selflessness (WBIR)
12/28/2016 - A month after historic fire, Gatlinburg rebuilds (USA Today)
12/18/2016 - Questions linger on wildfire alerts during Gatlinburg fire (News Sentinel)
12/15/2016 - VIDEO: Regional burn ban expires Thursday night (WBIR)
12/15/2016 - President Obama signs disaster declaration for Sevier County (WBIR)
12/15/2016 - President declares disaster after East TN wildfires, federal aid available (WSMV)
12/14/2016 - Fires in East Tennessee Nearing Containment (WZTV)
12/13/2016 - Visitors return to Smokies to find trees intact after park reopens (WBIR)
12/13/2016 - McEwen man admits to setting fires (Leaf Chronicle)
12/13/2016 - Governor has lifted burn ban in Bradley Co. (Cleveland Banner)
12/13/2016 - County commissioners doubt new codes could have lessened wildfire damage (Knoxville News Sentinel)
12/13/2016 - News on federal disaster relief coming soon, state says (Tennessean)
12/12/2016 - How Will the Forests Fare Following Tennessee’s Terrible Fire Season? (Nashville Public Radio)
12/12/2016 - State makes more emergency funding available to those displaced by Sevier County fires (WATE)
12/11/2016 - VIDEO: Tennessee This Week, Deadly Wildfires (WATE)
12/11/2016 - How bad was 2016 fire season in East Tennessee? (Knox News Sentinel)
12/08/2016 - How Wildfires Will Impact Great Smoky Mountains, Forest (WTVF)
12/07/2016 - Weather Helps Firefighters Shrink Smokies Fires (Knoxville Mercury)
12/07/2016 - Rain helps with area wildfires, but Tennessee burn ban remains (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
12/07/2016 - With rains, 'burn scar' latest worry after Tennessee fires (USA Today)
12/07/2016 - Safety steps for returning home after wildfires (WATE)
12/07/2016 - Lawmaker backtracks on call for death penalty in wildfire (News Sentinel)
12/07/2016 - Burn ban lifted in Marion, McMinn, Polk, Coffee counties (WDEF)
12/07/2016 - Burn ban lifted in 4 Tennessee counties to aid tornado cleanup (WATE)
12/07/2016 - 2 teens charged with arson as Gatlinburg prepares to open (News Sentinel)
12/07/2016 - In Deadly Gatlinburg Wildfire, Two Juveniles Arrested On Arson Charges (WPLN)
12/07/2016 - Officials: Two juveniles charged for starting Sevier Co. wildfires (WVLT)
12/06/2016 - Timeline of evacuations on Monday in Gatlinburg (WVLT)
12/06/2016 - Gov. Haslam addresses criticism of wildfire response (WKRN)
12/06/2016 - VIDEO: Hamilton County Still Under Burn Ban Despite Recent Rain (WDEF)
12/05/2016 - One arrest made for 65 acre fire in Sequatchie County, TN (WGNS Radio)
12/05/2016 - University of Tennessee professor predicted Gatlinburg wildfire (WATE)
12/05/2016 - Haslam: ‘Find out what happened’ when fire alert not sent (News Sentinel)
12/04/2016 - Haslam issues executive order to support victims (Mountain Press)
12/04/2016 - Officials: No text alerts during Gatlinburg evacuations because of ‘communications failure’ (WATE)
12/04/2016 - Sevier officials admit fire evacuation alert not issued (News Sentinel)
12/04/2016 - Gatlinburg wildfires death toll climbs to 14 (News Sentinel)
12/01/2016 - DRONE VIDEO: Burned cabins after Gatlinburg wildfire (WATE)
12/01/2016 - One victim ID’d as Gatlinburg fire death toll rises to 7 (News Sentinel)
12/01/2016 - Tennessee officials say wildfires that left 7 dead ‘likely to be human-caused’ (Washington Post)
12/01/2016 - Tennessee Wildfire: Families Search for Missing Relatives (NBC News)
12/01/2016 - Video: Sen. Alexander: Federal delegation will pay 75% of cost of fighting wildfires (Tennessean)
12/01/2016 - Obama offers support to Gov. Haslam and those affected by the fire (AP)
11/30/2016 - Deadly, destructive wildfires ravage Tennessee tourism town (AP)
11/30/2016 - Gatlinburg Wildfires Force Evacuations: ‘It Was Like Driving Into Hell’ (New York Times)
11/30/2016 - Sevier County tourism will rise again, say officials (Tennessean)
11/30/2016 - University of Tennessee professor predicted Gatlinburg fire for years (Tennessean)
11/30/2016 - Officials warn this week’s rains won’t end local fire threat (Bristol Herald Courier)
11/30/2016 - Antioch brush fire burns more than 50 acres (WSMV)
11/30/2016 - Middle TN fire crews leave to fight wildfires (WSMV)
11/29/2016 - Pi Beta Phi and Arrowmont schools destroyed by fire (WVLT)
11/29/2016 - Blaze threatens beloved Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts (WBIR)
11/29/2016 - Humane Society evacuates Sevier County animal shelters (News Sentinel)
11/29/2016 - Gatlinburg, Tenn., hotels, homes destroyed in fires (Times Free Press)
11/29/2016 - Gatlinburg aquarium workers worried about animals left behind after wildfire forces evacuation (Times Free Press)
11/29/2016 - Flames surround Ripley’s Aquarium, thousands of animals left behind (WBIR)
11/29/2016 - Employees evacuate Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies (WATE)
11/29/2016 - Wildfires prompt evacuation of rescue eagles, raptors (News Sentinel)
11/29/2016 - Fire close to Dollywood, DreamMore Resort & cabins evacuated (WBIR)
11/29/2016 - Dollywood guests evacuated for Sevier County wildfires (WATE)
11/29/2016 - Portions of Vonore, Tellico Plains evacuated for fire (WATE)
11/29/2016 - Sevier County residents, tourists seek help from shelters (WATE)
11/29/2016 - Shock, horror, hope: Residents, visitors describe fleeing flames (WBIR)
11/29/2016 - What we know about Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge fires (News Sentinel)
11/29/2016 - TN Wildfires Prompt Mandatory Evacuation Of Gatlinburg (WTVF)
11/29/2016 - Mandatory Evacuation in Gatlinburg (WDEF)
11/29/2016 - Fires force Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg residents to evacuate (WVLT)
11/29/2016 - Inferno forces evacuations in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge (WBIR)
11/29/2016 - Gatlinburg hotels, homes destroyed in fires (News Sentinel)
11/29/2016 - TEMA: 30 buildings burning in Gatlinburg as evacuations continue (AP)
11/29/2016 - TEMA: 30 structures on fire in Gatlinburg including 16-story hotel (WATE)
11/29/2016 - Wildfires force evacuation of downtown Gatlinburg (WSMV)
11/29/2016 - More than 500 evacuate Smokies to escape wildfire (WKRN)
11/29/2016 - Wildfires lead to evacuation of downtown Gatlinburg (Tennessean)
11/29/2016 - “Unprecedented” wildfires threatening dozens of homes, Dollywood resort in Tennessee (Fox News)
11/29/2016 - Gatlinburg hotels, homes destroyed in Tenn. Wildfires (USA Today)
11/29/2016 - Worst Possible Conditions: resident flee Gatlinburg, Tenn., as flames engulf popular resort town (Washington Post)
10/26/2016 - Carter Co. deputies charge member of Roan Mountain Vol. Fire Department with arson (WJHL)
10/26/2015 - Dickson County brush fire gets dangerously close to homes; Burns 35 acres (WKRN)
10/25/2016 - Tennessee forestry officials call for extra fire safety (WCYB)
10/25/2016 - Crews battling fire on Chimney Top Mountain in Fall Branch (WJHL)
10/24/2016 - East Tennesseans need to adapt to drought conditions (Knoxville New Sentinel)
10/21/2016 - Wildfire concerns continue in East Tennessee (WATE)
10/20/2016 - Fire That Started in Brush Pile Destroys Barn, Tractor: Officials (Franklin Patch)
10/20/2016 - West Robbins fire contained; residents return home (Independent Herald)
10/19/2016 - Firefighters battle wildfires in three different East Tennessee counties (WVLT)
10/18/2016 - Scott Co. fire forces evacuations (WVLT)
10/18/2016 - Open burning halted amid dry conditions (Leaf Chronicle)
10/18/2016 - Drought continues in East Tennessee (Knoxville News Sentinel)
10/17/2016 - Fire breaks out on Rockwood Mtn. in Roane County (WBIR)
10/17/2016 - Firefighters contain fire off I-75 in Campbell Co (WBIR)
10/17/2016 - If you burn now in Montgomery County, you need a permit (The Leaf Chronicle)
10/17/2016 - Burning permits required for outdoor burning (Johnson City Press)
10/17/2016 - Forestry officials warn of record drought as wildfire season starts (WBIR)
10/16/2016 - Dry conditions fuel forest fire in Campbell County (WATE)
10/16/2016 - Preventing forest fires in East Tennessee (WVLT)
10/16/2016 - Update on the fires on Signal and Fox mountains (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
10/14/2016 - Wildfire season begins Saturday in the region (Bristol Herald Courier)
10/13/2016 - Helicopter drops 100 thousand gallons of water on Signal Mountain wildfire (WTVC)
10/13/2016 - Drought makes forest fires a concern in East Tennessee (Knoxville News Sentinel)
10/13/2016 - Wildfire grows to 200 acres on slopes of Signal Mountain (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
10/13/2016 - Tn Forestry Division takes command over large 80 acre brush fire on Signal Mtn (WRCB)
10/12/2016 - Fire/Burn Season To Begin With Dry, Dangerous Conditions (WTVF)
10/12/2016 - Forest fire continues to burn into 4th day on Walden’s Ridge (WDEF)
10/11/2016 - Practice safe debris burning (Crossville-Chronicle)
10/11/2016 - Safety measures needed to prevent wildfires (Hartsville Vidette)
10/10/2016 - Officials discouraging outdoor burning because of dry conditions (WSMV & WBRC)

Archived Stories
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07/02/2013 - TN forestry officials know the dangers of wildfires all too well

DAILY FIRE REPORT

Read the Daily Fire Report to see what is happening in Tennessee. The Daily Fire Report is produced by the Division of Forestry Monday through Friday. This document requires the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view.

SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT FIRES

MODIS Active Fire Mapping Program http://activefiremaps.fs.fed.us/
National Interagency Coordination Center http://www.nifc.gov/nicc/

MEASURING THE THREAT WITH THE KBDI

burningSee fire danger in your area using the Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI), on the USDA Forest Service website. The KBDI is a number ranging from 0 (no drought) to 800 (extreme drought). Factors in the index are maximum daily temperature, daily precipitation, antecedent precipitation, and annual precipitation. When the KBDI ranges from 0 - 200, soil moisture and large class fuel moistures are high and do not contribute much to fire intensity. This is typical of spring dormant season following winter precipitation. A KBDI of 200 - 400 is typical of late spring, early growing season. Lower litter and duff layers are drying and beginning to contribute to fire intensity. When the KBDI is 400 - 600, usually in late summer, early fall, lower litter and duff layers actively contribute to fire intensity and will burn actively. A KBDI of 600 - 800 is associated with more severe drought with increased wildfire occurrence. Intense, deep-burning fires with significant downwind spotting can be expected. Live fuels can also be expected to burn actively at these levels.

THE FIRE WEATHER FORECASTS

burningWeather is an important factor influencing the risk of forest fire occurrence. Wind speed, relative humidity, and length of time since the last rainfall must be considered when determining the fire danger rating. The Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Forestry Division receives a daily Fire Weather Forecast from the National Weather Service. The forecast is presented in text format and is divided into the six districts shown at the bottom of each page.


TENNESSEE DROUGHT CONDITIONS

Keep abreast of drought conditions that dramatically increase the likelihood of wildfire at the U.S. Drought Monitor.

For the latest TN Emergency Management Drought Task Force Situation Report, visit http://www.tnema.org.

 

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