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04/28/2018 - Chalet Village in Gatlinburg becomes Firewise Certified (WATE)

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12/15/2017 - Charges filed in East end fire (Citizen Tribune)
11/30/2017 - Graves Gap fire burned more than 300 acres (OakRidgeToday)
11/27/2017 - Crews continue to battle brush fires (WCYB) 
11/26/2017 - Active forest fire reported in Morgan County (WATE)
11/25/2017 - Firefighters battle multiple fires in Roan Mountain area (WJHL)
10/05/2017 - East Tennessee homeowners advised to take precautions ahead of fire season (WATE)
10/05/2017 - What a difference a year (with rain) makes for wildfires (WRCB)
10/04/2017 - Gatlinburg’s Chalet Village aims to be Firewise Community after wildfires (Sevier News Messenger)
10/02/2017 - Secretary of Agriculture seeks better funding structure to fight wildfires (Knoxville News Sentinel)
10/01/2017 - Firefighters called to brush fire in Carter County Saturday afternoon (WJHL)
09/30/2017 - Fire crews wait for rain to fully contain English Mountain fire (WBIR)
07/17/2017 - Pigeon Forge looking to become Firewise community (WVLT)
05/04/2017 - Gatlinburg couple rebuilding 'Firewise' home (WBIR) | Click here to learn more about Firewise
05/16/2017 - Forestry workers containing fire in Lake City area (WBIR)
05/04/2017 - Gatlinburg-area fire contained after burning more than 100 acres (Knoxville News Sentinel)
04/05/2017 - Investigation continues into brush fire at Radnor Lake (WSMV)
03/30/2017 - 20 acres burned by fire; $500 reward (Oak Ridge Today)
03/28/2017 - Fireworks suspected, reward offered in wildfire in west Oak Ridge on Saturday (Oak Ridge Today)
03/26/2017 - Firefighters receive medical care after Union forest fire (Knoxville News Sentinel)
03/25/2017 - Wildfire that burned 18 acres in west Oak Ridge is contained (Oak Ridge Today)
03/24/2017 - Interest in controlled fires spreads (Knoxville News Sentinel)
03/20/2017 - TVA conducts controlled burn on Watts Bar Lake (Knoxville News Sentinel)
03/06/2017 - Top of World community receives fire prevention honor (Knoxville News Sentinel)


Read the Daily Fire Report to see what is happening in Tennessee. The Daily Fire Report is produced by the Division of Forestry Monday through Friday. This document requires the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view.


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See fire danger in your area using the Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI), on the USDA Forest Service website. The KBDI is a number ranging from 0 (no drought) to 800 (extreme drought). Factors in the index are maximum daily temperature, daily precipitation, antecedent precipitation, and annual precipitation. When the KBDI ranges from 0 - 200, soil moisture and large class fuel moistures are high and do not contribute much to fire intensity. This is typical of spring dormant season following winter precipitation. A KBDI of 200 - 400 is typical of late spring, early growing season. Lower litter and duff layers are drying and beginning to contribute to fire intensity. When the KBDI is 400 - 600, usually in late summer, early fall, lower litter and duff layers actively contribute to fire intensity and will burn actively. A KBDI of 600 - 800 is associated with more severe drought with increased wildfire occurrence. Intense, deep-burning fires with significant downwind spotting can be expected. Live fuels can also be expected to burn actively at these levels.


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Weather is an important factor influencing the risk of forest fire occurrence. Wind speed, relative humidity, and length of time since the last rainfall must be considered when determining the fire danger rating. The Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Forestry Division receives a daily Fire Weather Forecast from the National Weather Service. The forecast is presented in text format and is divided into the four districts shown at the bottom of each page.


Keep abreast of drought conditions that dramatically increase the likelihood of wildfire at the U.S. Drought Monitor.

For the latest TN Emergency Management Drought Task Force Situation Report, visit

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