Chimney Tops 2 Fire

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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


Approximate Location

35.631 latitude, -83.478 longitude

Incident Overview

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.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginWednesday November 23rd, 2016 approx. 05:00 PM
LocationFire in the GSMNP burning into the cities of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.
Incident CommanderCass Palmer - South Atlantic Team
Incident DescriptionSuppression

Current Situation

Total Personnel1
Size17,140 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Estimated Containment DateTuesday December 20th, 2016 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Hardwood Litter & Timber

Significant Events

Minimal/Smoldering. Smoking and smoldering in heavy fuels.


Planned Actions

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.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

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:

Sky: Showers/Overcast

Max Temp: 47

Min RH: 65%

Wind: Light Northerly winds.

Unit Information

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
National Park Service
Gatlinburg, TN 37738

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Phone: 865-407-0025
Hours: 8am - 8pm

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