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More to the Fire Story

More to the Fire Story

By: Laurel Kays In seemingly every fire event, whether in Western North Carolina, Gatlinburg, or California, a familiar story is told in the media. In this story, wildfires are monstrous, demonic forces sweeping up and down mountains, engulfing homes and anything else...
One Year Anniversary of Gatlinburg Fire

One Year Anniversary of Gatlinburg Fire

Gatlinburg Fire Anniversary: A Reminder to Take Fire Seriously By: Laurel Kays One year ago this week, flames roared down from Great Smoky Mountains National Park into Gatlinburg, consuming thousands of structures and claiming 14 lives. Gatlinburg has proved...
Clay County Firewise Meeting

Clay County Firewise Meeting

Clay County Comes Together to Discuss Fire Risks It takes a lot to get 60 people to an educational program on a Monday night. It gets easier when the topic is wildfire-something all too familiar for folks in Clay County. Thanks to the monumental efforts of...
Making Our Mountains Firewise

Making Our Mountains Firewise

Exciting Response to Firewise Community Interest Meetings On Monday, August 14th and Tuesday, August 15th, Southwestern NC RC&D Council cohosted Firewise Community interest meetings in Swain County and Maggie Valley, respectively. Approximately 30 people attended...
Firewise Community Interest Meetings

Firewise Community Interest Meetings

As part of ongoing efforts to work with the western seven counties to improve fire preparation through the Firewise program, Southwestern NC RC&D will host two community meetings the week of August 14th. The first will take place on Monday, August 14th, from 6-8pm...
The Fire Adaptive Communites Program

The Fire Adaptive Communites Program

Making Our Mountains Firewise Written by: Laurel Kays The fall of 2016 saw a record breaking fire season in Western North Carolina and across Southern Appalachian Mountains. Drought and high temperatures contributed to large blazes that burned across the region. The...