Dolly Parton fund helps 921 families who lost homes in wildfires
Dolly Parton fund helps 921 families who lost homes in wildfires

Dolly Parton's My People Fund has issued monthly checks to 921 people who lost their homes in deadly wildfires that ravaged East Tennessee last year.

Families grateful for Dolly Parton's 'My People' fund
Families grateful for Dolly Parton's 'My People' fund

For folks who have lost everything, that money will be a godsend. Not only do they have to find a new place to live, but buy all new furniture and clothes.

UPDATE: Local fire agencies deployed to assist with Gatlinburg wildfire
UPDATE: Local fire agencies deployed to assist with Gatlinburg wildfire

More than 400 firefighters have spent the past two days battling wildfires. Officials say 200 firefighters throughout the region pitched in to battle the wildfires in Gatlinburg. That includes several crews from the Channel 3 viewing area.

UPDATE: Wildfire status update for the Tennessee Valley
UPDATE: Wildfire status update for the Tennessee Valley

Updates on the fires from the Georgia Forestry Commission and the Tennessee Dept or Agriculture.

Area Chili's gathering items to help firefighters
Area Chili's gathering items to help firefighters

Collection continues through Friday, November 25.
 

Volunteers wash firefighter's clothes to say thank you
Volunteers wash firefighter's clothes to say thank you

The community support has been phenomenal-- People donating food, supplies as well as water and Gatorade to firefighters working the three major fires in Hamilton County.  

Fire starts over the weekend in Dade County
Fire starts over the weekend in Dade County

The fire is located near Sarah Chapel Road and Creek Road, outside of Wildwood and Westbrow.

Firefighters demonstrate how dry conditions contribute to growing wildfires
Firefighters demonstrate how dry conditions contribute to growing wildfires

Fire crews have repeatedly said dry conditions are fueling the flames and with no significant rainfall predicted for the near future, firefighters are preparing to battle these fires for weeks, maybe even months.

Special meteorologists help fight wildfires
Special meteorologists help fight wildfires

Jon Pelton is the only Incident Meteorologist, or IMET, working in the Channel 3 viewing area. He's stationed near the the wildfire in the Cohutta Wilderness.

Gasp! Wildfires cause hacking and wheezing across the South
Gasp! Wildfires cause hacking and wheezing across the South

Smoke from dozens of wildfires burning across the Southeast has people coughing and wheezing, even in places like Atlanta that are far from the flames.

The Latest: Governor offers reward in North Carolina fires
The Latest: Governor offers reward in North Carolina fires

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory says the state is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for setting wildfires in the western part of the state.

Wildfires continue to rage across the South, scorching more than 100,000 acres
Wildfires continue to rage across the South, scorching more than 100,000 acres

Wildfires are raging through the drought-stricken South, blanketing multiple states in haze as firefighters race to temper the flames.

TVA closes several recreation areas as fire precaution
TVA closes several recreation areas as fire precaution

The Tennessee Valley Authority has closed several popular recreation areas in response to the drought and resulting wildfires across the region. 

Relentless smoke spreads fear at edge of southern wildfires
Relentless smoke spreads fear at edge of southern wildfires

Thick smoke has settled over a wide area of the southern Appalachians, where dozens of uncontrolled wildfires are burning through decades of leaf litter, and people breathe in tiny bits of the forest with every gulp of air.

How to keep wildfire smoke out of your home & vehicles
How to keep wildfire smoke out of your home & vehicles

Owner Jeff Cuthbertson knows all about clearing the air, Servpro Chattanooga often restores homes after a major flood or fire. 

Air quality reaches dangerous levels; officials advise staying indoors
Air quality reaches dangerous levels; officials advise staying indoors

The Chattanooga Hamilton county Air Pollution Control Bureau issued a code red which means it is unhealthy to everyone in the area. 

UPDATE: Lookout Mtn. residents return home after fire-forced evacuation
UPDATE: Lookout Mtn. residents return home after fire-forced evacuation

A Lookout Mountain gated community has been evacuated due to the Tatum Gulf wildfire. 

Arson suspected in more than half of TN wildfires, arrests made in some
Arson suspected in more than half of TN wildfires, arrests made in some

If anyone calls in a tip leading to an arson arrest they could receive up to a $2,500 reward.

UPDATE: Wildfire forces some Signal Mountain residents to evacuate
UPDATE: Wildfire forces some Signal Mountain residents to evacuate

Sixty-four people evacuated their homes in the Boston Branch subdivision Wednesday night and they are still being asked to stay away. 

BURN BAN: What you need to know about the region-wide burn ban
BURN BAN: What you need to know about the region-wide burn ban

The region-wide burn ban will remain in effect until December 15. 

Air quality expected to reach "Code Red" levels today
Air quality expected to reach "Code Red" levels today

The "Code Red" level means the air is bad for everyone, including those who are healthy. 

Tennessee officials vow war on arsonists; 2 more arrested
Tennessee officials vow war on arsonists; 2 more arrested

Two suspects were arrested Tuesday in separate arson cases.

UPDATE: Cherokee County, NC downgraded to Code Orange air quality
UPDATE: Cherokee County, NC downgraded to Code Orange air quality

Smoke from wildfires has put Cherokee County, North Carolina in one of the worst air quality categories. 

Alabama man arrested for setting wildfire in Sequatchie Co.
Alabama man arrested for setting wildfire in Sequatchie Co.

A Tuscaloosa man is accused of setting a wildfire and not attempting to extinguish the fire in Sequatchie County.  

Code Red Air Quality alert forecasted for Hamilton Co. Wednesday
Code Red Air Quality alert forecasted for Hamilton Co. Wednesday

Wildfire smoke has caused air quality to become  so bad at certain times of the day even the most healthy people should take caution.

Crews expect to have 3 major wildfires 100% contained Tuesday
Crews expect to have 3 major wildfires 100% contained Tuesday

The Poe Road fire has burned 550 acres, the Mowbray Mountain fire burned 800 acres and the Flipper Bend fire burned 1,000 acres. 

2 of 1,100 Alabama wildfires under investigation
2 of 1,100 Alabama wildfires under investigation

Alabama's fire marshal says state officers are investigating two of nearly 1,100 statewide wildfires as possible arson.

UPDATE: Bradley, Murray, Polk, Walker and counties added to state burn ban list
UPDATE: Bradley, Murray, Polk, Walker and counties added to state burn ban list

The ban applies to all open-air burning including leaf and woody debris and construction burning, campfires and other fire activity outside of municipalities where local ordinances apply.

North Georgia church gives masks to handle smoke from wildfires
North Georgia church gives masks to handle smoke from wildfires

A local church is stepping up to help their neighbors by providing masks to protect residents from smoke from wildfires.

Firefighters from across Georgia deploy to fight wildfires
Firefighters from across Georgia deploy to fight wildfires

An orange glow reflects off the soot covered faces of firefighters.  Through smoke, they ignite a line of flames with each step.  

UPDATE: Many seeking protection from smoky conditions from wildfires
UPDATE: Many seeking protection from smoky conditions from wildfires

 Erlanger Hospital has treated nearly 100 patients for shortness of breath since November 1st. 

Hamilton Co. Department of Education taking precautions due to smoky conditions
Hamilton Co. Department of Education taking precautions due to smoky conditions

Hamilton County Schools are taking precautions as a result of the ongoing wildfires in the Tennessee Valley area. 

UPDATE: North Georgia fire still burning
UPDATE: North Georgia fire still burning

The latest fire in north Georgia is off Tatum Gulf Road on Lookout Mountain.

New fire sparks overnight in Hamilton County
New fire sparks overnight in Hamilton County

Fire crews from around the region and locally are turning their attention to a new fire that sparked overnight in Hamilton County. 

UPDATE: How you can help firefighters
UPDATE: How you can help firefighters

As firefighters work to contain and control the fire across the region, many people are wondering what they can do to help.

As wildfire smoke streams across South, masks urged for some
As wildfire smoke streams across South, masks urged for some

Wildfires near the Georgia-North Carolina line are spewing smoke so thick that residents are being urged to wear special masks if they must do outdoor activities.

Harlan, Kentucky man sets wildfire to get attention on Facebook
Harlan, Kentucky man sets wildfire to get attention on Facebook

Police say a man arrested for arson in Harlan, Kentucky confessed to setting a fire to draw attention to his Facebook page.      

Volunteer National Guard pilots help fight wildfires
Volunteer National Guard pilots help fight wildfires

Volunteers from all over the state and the U.S. are stepping help to help fight the wildfires spreading throughout the Tennessee Valley and in Georgia, including pilots with the National Guard.  

How the Tennessee Valley wildfires are different from those out West
How the Tennessee Valley wildfires are different from those out West

Forestry crews in Georgia are using their experience fighting fires out West to help them at home. 

Part of Cherokee National Forest closed because of fire
Part of Cherokee National Forest closed because of fire

The U.S. Forest Service closed the entire Citico Creek Wilderness and the portion of the Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness in the Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee.  

Dry, windy conditions feed wildfires across the Southeast
Dry, windy conditions feed wildfires across the Southeast

More than 5,000 firefighters and support staff from around the nation have come to the Southeast, because that's where the wildfires are right now.

FEMA authorizes federal funds to help battle Smith Mtn. wildfire
FEMA authorizes federal funds to help battle Smith Mtn. wildfire

The FEMA grant provides federal funds to reimburse costs to Tennessee to fight the Smith Mountain fire burning in Bledsoe, Hamilton and Sequatchie counties.

Burn ban announced for Cherokee National Forest
Burn ban announced for Cherokee National Forest

The U.S. Forest Service has implemented a total fire ban for the Cherokee National Forest in east Tennessee.

Knoxville Mobilization Center activated in response to wildfires
Knoxville Mobilization Center activated in response to wildfires

Five incident teams and more than 50 crews from across the country have deployed to assist impacted communities in the region.

UPDATE: North Georgia fires
UPDATE: North Georgia fires

The Georgia Forestry Commission responded to and extinguished 29 fires in the North GA area.

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