It's rather shocking to see a major resort town in the Southeast burning (cont. post Nov. 15), as reported now in USA Today, .
I drove through Gatlinburg, TN in July 2013 at night, and on to Pigeon Forge, on the way to Oak Ridge. I had come down off US 441.
Thunderstorms on Nov. 30 may finally end most of the fires.
Update: Dec. 2
Gatlinburg was "built to burn". Droughts in the Southeast, especially in the later fall or winter, happen every 15-20 years (even before climate change). People who choose to live in an urban-rural interface with few roads need to become "doomsday preppers", link. Do they have insurance? Shold the rest of us bail out people who choose to live there? Well, we want them there when we go on vacation, don't we? Somebody has to do it.