VIDEO: Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2023 marks seven years since the wildfires spread through parts of Sevier County, Tenn., resulting in more than a dozen lives lost and thousands of hours in recovery and repair, as well as lifelong remembrance.
“I’m not sure if November 28, 2016, seems like yesterday or a lifetime ago. Today is the 7-year anniversary of the 2016 Gatlinburg and Sevier County Wildfires that took the lives of 14 people, destroyed over 2,000 structures, disrupted the lives of thousands of people, and forever etched into our memory a time of sorrow and difficulties,” Bryan McCarter, Sevier County vice mayor, stated in a social media post on Tuesday morning.
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PHOTO: A wildfire was reported late Monday south of Big Timber.
The Sweet Grass County Sheriff's Office said on social media that residents in the area of East Boulder Road should monitor the situation, but no evacuations were immediately ordered.
The Sweet Grass County Sheriff's Office provided this update Tuesday morning:
"Update on the Green Mountain Fire south of Big Timber Montana: Last evening, the Sweetgrass County dispatch received a report of a fire at 8:00 p.m. near Green Mountain. The fire was located near the intersection of the East Boulder Road and the Main Boulder road. Firefighters responded as well as the Sweetgrass County Sheriff's Office. The Sheriff's Office notified individuals in the area. Special thanks goes out to the assisting fire agencies: Columbus Rural fire, Park County Rural fire, DNRC, BLM and the US Forest Service."
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The end is finally here for crews battling the Matts Creek Wildfire.
For over two weeks, the blaze burning in the Jefferson National Forest has required hundreds of personnel to work on the fire, which has burned over 11,000 acres.
On Monday, the U.S. Forest Service said the fire has finally been 100% contained and Petite's Gap Road has been opened.
The rest of the fire area will be opened to the public at 8 a.m. Tuesday, according to the forest service. However, hikers reentering the burned area should watch for fire-weakened trees and unstable, burned ground, especially in wet or windy areas. Command of the fire was to be handed off at 6 p.m. Monday evening to a smaller Type 4 Incident Management Team, which will continue to conduct fire repair operations on the interior of the burned area, the U.S. Forest Service said in an afternoon update.
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