KNS and WATE: Grissino-Mayer Discusses ‘New Normal’ of Great Smoky Mountains Wildfires

A full review of the Chimney Tops 2 fire showed the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was not ready for the wildfires that swept through Sevier County.

The report called the wildfire conditions the “new normal.” Henri Grissino-Mayer, a UT geography professor who studies tree rings to predict wildfires, told the Knoxville News Sentinel: “The reality is conditions are different today. The environmental conditions are different today. The forests are different today. The fuel loadings are different today.”

Grissino-Mayer says it is impossible to predict when a wildfire could happen again, but residents need to be prepared.

WATE-TV Channel 6 also featured Grissino-Mayer’s comments in this story.