Flammable Earth: The Aftermath of the 2016 Great Smoky Mountain Wildfires

Anyone who didn’t have their hand buried in the sand in late November/early December 2016 remembers the devastating wildfires that ravaged the Great Smoky Mountains.  Locals had to evacuate, 14 people died, 134 people were injured, and over 17,000 acres were burned.  To this day, several trails are still closed due to fire damage, including Chimney Tops.

During my last trip to the Smokies, approximately 8 months after the fires, Mom and I drove around and took pictures of the remaining aftermath:

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