Release Date: November 29, 2016, 5:57 p.m.
Contact: Dana Soehn, Dana_Soehn@nps.gov
Molly Schroer, Molly_Schroer@nps.gov
LeConte Lodge and Elkmont Undamaged by Fire
Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials have announced that LeConte Lodge, the popular backcountry lodging facility at the base of Mount LeConte, and the Elkmont Campground and Historic Districts sustained no damage from the fire activities in the park on Monday evening. Some Elkmont buildings sustained roof damage from falling trees caused by heavy winds, and some roof repairs will be required.
The fires in the park and Gatlinburg community have now collectively been estimated to total over 15,000 acres. Tomorrow, November 30, the park will turn the fire management operation to the Southern Area Type I Incident Command Team (Dueitt) to manage the ongoing fire activities within the park. This team consists of federal and state interagency team members from across the country who collaboratively manages wildland fire and other incident management activities such as natural disaster relief efforts.
JP update: JP was evacuated on Monday morning and is safe and sound. He will post as soon as he is allowed back on the mountain.