2016-12-14 Update Chimney Tops 2 Fire
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 THIS WILL BE THE FINAL UPDATE FOR THE CHIMNEY TOPS 2 FIRE Incident Summary: The Chimney Tops 2 Fire was reported in Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Gatlinburg,. more
The Chimney Tops 2 Fire was reported in Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Gatlinburg, TN on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at approximately 5:20 pm. The wildfire began burning in a remote location (Chimney Tops) of the park in steep terrain with vertical cliffs and narrow rocky ridges making access to the wildfire area difficult for firefighting efforts. On Monday, November 28, exceptional drought conditions and extreme winds caused the wildfire to grow rapidly, causing many new wildfire starts from embers carried miles away and downed powerlines in and adjacent to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Cobbly Nob Fire was one of these fires. On Wednesday, December 7 the Sevier County District Attorney announced that two juveniles from Tennessee, who are not residents of Sevier County, were arrested in connection with the fire. Although these arrests have been made, the investigation into this incident is still ongoing.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Wednesday November 23rd, 2016 approx. 05:00 PM|
|Location||Fire in the GSMNP burning into the cities of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.|
|Incident Commander||Cass Palmer - South Atlantic Team|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||100%|
|Estimated Containment Date||Tuesday December 20th, 2016 approx. 12:00 AM|
Hardwood Litter & Timber
Minimal/Smoldering. Smoking and smoldering in heavy fuels.
Identify hazards, patrol, and mop-up along control lines, trails, and roadways. Conduct damage assessments in accordance with Park standards.
|Projected Incident Activity|
12 hours: Rainfall received and high humidity will keep fuel moisture high. No fire spread expected.
24 hours: Temperature 30 degrees and humidity 50% with 50% cloud cover will continue to keep fine fuel moistures above critical levels. Minimum spread is expected.
48 hours: Minimum spread is expected.
72 hours: Minimum spread is expected.
Cass Palmer's Type III team will transfer command to the National Park Service Type IV organization on Thursday, December 15 at 8:00 a.m.
Responder injuries/illnesses includes three injuries and two illnesses.
A cold front moved in Wednesday evening bringing another shot of cold air into Thursday. In the wake of the cold front today, there will be a slight chance of light snow showers into Thursday morning. Thursday will be very cold but temperatures will increase on Friday. A chance of rain persists for Saturday.
Weather for Wednesday, Dec 14 at 6pm:
Max Temp: 47
Min RH: 65%
Wind: Light Northerly winds.