Great Smoky Mountains in October, (Source: Kyle Grainger, WVLT)
GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) -- Officials have canceled their plans to burn 178 acres in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for Wednesday. The burn was designed to reduce the risk of an uncontrolled fire.
The controlled burn was to take place on Wednesday just inside the park boundary south of Wears Valley in Sevier County. The area is bounded by Wear Cove Gap Road, Indian Camp Branch, Little River Road and the park boundary.
A National Park Service fire crew was supposed to conduct the prescribed burn. Engines from Wears Valley Fire Department and Townsend Fire Department will patrol the lines.
The area was last burned in 2009 as a part of a multiyear plan to reduce the buildup of flammable debris.
Roundtop Trail will be closed. Wear Cove Gap Road will remain open, but visitors should look out for fire personnel and equipment.
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Questions may be sent to email@example.com. Please provide detailed information.