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Fire Damage in Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Figure 6.3U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station
James M. Vose
This figure appears in chapter 6 of the Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States: The Fourth National Climate Assessment, Volume II report.
In autumn 2016, a prolonged dry period and arson in the southern Appalachian region resulted in 50 major wildfires that burned over 100,000 acres in 8 states, caused 15 deaths, and damaged or destroyed nearly 2,500 structures in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. If drought or prolonged dry periods increase in this region as expected, fire risk will increase in both forests and local communities. Photo credit: Flickr user highlander411 [CC BY 2.0]
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This figure was created on May 23, 2017.
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