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Author Topic: The Southeast Burns: The Great Fires of 2016  (Read 26212 times)

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Offline dwagner88

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Re: The Southeast Burns: The Great Fires of 2016
« Reply #30 on: November 14, 2016, 11:37:45 AM »
Visibility is down to 1.25 miles at KCHA now. Lowest it's been so far. My throat is scratchy and my eyes are watering.
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Re: The Southeast Burns: The Great Fires of 2016
« Reply #31 on: November 14, 2016, 12:34:52 PM »
The smoke in Knoxville is getting unnerving and unbearable...

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Re: The Southeast Burns: The Great Fires of 2016
« Reply #32 on: November 14, 2016, 02:13:29 PM »
The smoke in Knoxville is getting unnerving and unbearable...

For posterity... I know most of you guys have access to these images

Terra Satellite - 11-14




The weekend here was miserable.  Yesterday, the smoke was so thick and the smell so strong, I stayed in most of the day.  The sky hasn't been blue for almost a week now; instead, its a sickly hazy yellow. 

This fire season seems to be far worse than the previous drought of 2007.  I don't remember endless days of smoke back then, and I think we had enough rain in November to keep the fires from being as widespread as they are now--at least in the local Tennessee area.  I don't think I recall a November this dry since moving here.  It is becoming worrisome for sure.
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Re: The Southeast Burns: The Great Fires of 2016
« Reply #33 on: November 15, 2016, 07:47:39 AM »
The rain they are calling for this weekend will not even put a dent into this mess of a situation. At last check I believe the local NWS offices are only calling for less than 1/4" for most.

Hopefully the models stick with the idea of a pre-Thanksgiving event for the middle of next week, because we are all desperate for a good 1-2+" rain event area wide.
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Re: The Southeast Burns: The Great Fires of 2016
« Reply #34 on: November 16, 2016, 09:07:51 AM »
1st Two pics are of Downtown Knoxville, from South Knoxville facing North
Wednesday 11-15... very clear compared to hows it has been




Same timeframe, taking from North Broadway (approximately 1.5 miles north of downtown knoxville facing south)
Can barely make out downtown Knoxville...




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Re: The Southeast Burns: The Great Fires of 2016
« Reply #35 on: November 17, 2016, 12:25:14 PM »
There are evacuations and a fire threatening property in the Table Rock SP/Pinnacle Mountain area of upstate South Carolina. Fire danger will be on the rise today and tomorrow ahead of the next system as the winds pick up.

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Re: The Southeast Burns: The Great Fires of 2016
« Reply #36 on: November 18, 2016, 07:13:04 PM »
Smoke made it as far west as Nashville.

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Re: The Southeast Burns: The Great Fires of 2016
« Reply #37 on: November 19, 2016, 11:35:06 AM »
Passed the walland fire earlier today- almost 600 acres now

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Re: The Southeast Burns: The Great Fires of 2016
« Reply #38 on: November 19, 2016, 12:48:30 PM »
Passed the walland fire earlier today- almost 600 acres now

The smoke from that fire enshrouded areas over my way in a suffocating haze for the last two days.  Yesterday, you could barely stand to be outside from the smell of smoke. 

I've witnessed many droughts in my lifetime, but the timing of this one is unique.  Usually, by now, November rains are bringing relief, at least from the fires.  We haven't had a good soaking rain here since August. 

I hope the much advertised "pattern flip" starts to bring significant rains to our area, and we erode the drought before next spring.   
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Re: The Southeast Burns: The Great Fires of 2016
« Reply #39 on: November 21, 2016, 08:10:50 AM »
Only a .25 expected on Wed.  😔

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Re: The Southeast Burns: The Great Fires of 2016
« Reply #40 on: November 28, 2016, 06:49:20 AM »
There's a wildfire now being fought off Burkitt Road between Antioch and Nolensville... very close to our neighborhood. I wondered if today's windy conditions could cause issues ahead of the rain.


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Re: The Southeast Burns: The Great Fires of 2016
« Reply #41 on: November 28, 2016, 02:47:17 PM »
Area fires are going crazy today with the wind. This rain can't get here fast enough. Interstates 75 and 59 both have lane closures due to fires.
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Re: The Southeast Burns: The Great Fires of 2016
« Reply #42 on: November 28, 2016, 03:10:30 PM »
Area fires are going crazy today with the wind. This rain can't get here fast enough. Interstates 75 and 59 both have lane closures due to fires.
Local reports are that everything has closed in Gatlinburg due to heavy smoke and falling ash throughout the city and that the conditions are spreading into Pigeon Forge and Sevierville as well.  One social media report I saw said that you had to shower and wash your clothes after leaving Gatlinburg because of the ash and smell you carried out with you.

So far this seems to just be smoke and ash but it does make you think about the fires we see on the news out west where embers carry into populated areas and set structures on fire.  It's definitely very scary right now in the worst of it.

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Re: The Southeast Burns: The Great Fires of 2016
« Reply #43 on: November 28, 2016, 03:26:58 PM »
Gatlinburg residents being asked to evacuate.
We have a soccer tourney this weekend up there.  In a cabin the team is staying.

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Re: The Southeast Burns: The Great Fires of 2016
« Reply #44 on: November 28, 2016, 03:50:31 PM »
I live just downwind from Gatlinburg when the wind blows from the south, and I can attest the smoke today is the worst it has been this fire season.  My deck had a dusting of white ash on it when I got home, and it's already dark outside and the street lights are on at 4:00 p.m.  I've not seen anything like this since moving here in 2003.  The air is so thick with smoke, I could barley breathe outside.

Please let it rain hard enough tonight to drown the fires.   
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