Ten-acre wildfire burning on Mount LeConte in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Great Smoky Mountains National Park firefighters are managing a low-intensity, 10-acre wildfire, located just above Rainbow Falls along Rainbow Falls Trail.

The Rocky Spur fire was reported at approximately 9:30 PM Thursday by a small aircraft.

Firefighters were on scene Friday morning and will remain in the area to monitor the spread of the fire, which lies within a natural fire zone.

The fire is slowly spreading, with flame lengths less than three-feet high, through a pine-oak forest including a fire-dependent Table Mountain Pine stand.

Firefighters anticipate the fire will stay confined to the Rocky Spur area due to non-receptive fire fuels across the ridge along with predicted rain.

No resources, including structures at Mt. LeConte, are threatened by the fire.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Rainbow Falls Trail has been closed to all use.


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Wildfire and Great Smoky Mountains National Park Wildland Fire Teams are hiking to the scene of a small fire inside the park boundaries.

A small aircraft reported the fire last night around 11:30. The Park Vista Hotel sighted smoke this morning on Mt. LeConte.

Park officials say they've pinpointed the fire to the South side of Rocky Ridge near the Rainbow Falls Trail. The trail has been closed for publis safety measures.

Park officials say there is not a threat to LeConte Lodge.


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