Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine
"These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman."

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Tennessee wildfires kill three and force thousands to evacuate

From the Guardian - fire near Gatlinburg, fed by high winds and drought conditions, has destroyed buildings, knocked out power and canceled school classes

"The national guard has been called in to aid with wildfires tearing through forests in Tennessee that have killed three people, according to Sevier County mayor Larry Waters, forcing thousands to evacuate and left many without power on Tuesday, local emergency responders said.

Firefighters were working early on Tuesday to put out a fire that worsened overnight and affected 100 homes near the eastern Tennessee city of Gatlinburg, according to officials.

“If you’re a person of prayer, we could use your prayers,” Gatlinburg’s fire chief, Greg Miller, said on Monday evening.

The fire was fanned overnight by winds up to 87mph and extremely dry conditions due to an ongoing drought across the south, but firefighters were hopeful that an oncoming storm could provide some much-needed relief. However, experts predicted rains on Tuesday from one storm system would not be enough to end the drought."

The full article can be read here.

The first part of this video gives some idea what it is like trying to evacuate!

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