Wildfires are serious business here in the south. We had just moved to east Tennessee from the Adirondack Mountains in Northern New York before these wildfires hit. Gatlinburg is right down the road from us and we could see the smoke and smell it for weeks.
The night the fires spread so quickly we had severe wind storms. At our farm winds were literally bending trees sideways and the house shook. Nuts from the trees were being blown into our windows so hard I thought the windows would crack.
I have never felt the intensity of wind the way I did that night. The fires raged and whipped through the tree tops traversing a very large distance.
One firefighter on the scene told local news, ““Everywhere you looked, there were fires everywhere. It was like driving into hell,” said Rain Moore, 32, a lieutenant with the Sneedville Fire Department, about an hour and a half away.”
There are many lessons for farmers and large land owners who experienced this terrible tragedy. And, for us, the stories continue as we meet so many who lost everything in the blaze.
So, what can farmers and land owners do to prepare for such events.