Small Wildfire closes trails in Great Smoky Mountain National Park

FILE PHOTO: Main entrance to the Great Smoky Mountain National park
FILE PHOTO: Main entrance to the Great Smoky Mountain National park

GATLINBURG (WATE) – The Great Smoky Mountain National Park officials have temporarily closed several trails near Chimney Tops Trail, due to a .25 acre wildfire burning near the summit of the trail.

A four-person fire crew responded to the wildfire around 8:30 a.m., Sunday morning.

The following trails are closed until further notice: Chimney Tops Trail, Sugarland Mountain Trail, Huskey Gap Trail, and Road Prong Trail. The ground fire is producing a significant amount of smoke, but is primarily burning in the duff layer with flame lengths less than 12 inches. The cause of the fire is unknown.

The temporary ban on campfires in the park’s back country remains in effect. The fire ban only applies to campers utilizing the park’s 100+ back country sites and shelters.

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