Western/Southeast Wildfires – Summer/Fall 2016 Categories: 06-June, 07-July, 08-August, 09-September, 10-October, 11-November, 12-December, Wildfires Timelines: Natural Disasters

Widlfire, Great Smoky Mountains - NPS

Devastating wildfires raged in and around Great Smoky Mountain National Park in November 2016. (National Park Service)


June-December 2016:

“Western and Southern states experienced an active wildfire season with over 5.0 million acres burned nationally. Most notable was the firestorm that impacted Gatlinburg, Tennessee with hurricane-force wind gusts in extremely dry conditions creating volatile wildfire behavior. These wildfires destroyed nearly 2,500 structures and caused 14 fatalities. The drought conditions in many areas of the Southeast and California worsened the wildfire potential.”  — NOAA: Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters

Impact:

  • CPI-Adjusted Estimated Cost: $2.5 billion
  • Deaths: 21

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