Lot’s of readers have sent emails asking me about the forest fires in Tennessee, with the most common questions being – how close the fires have gotten to me, and if I’m okay. Thank everyone for asking and caring it means a lot to me and shows that we have a great community here.
First off, I’m fine and my home is fine, the fires got to within about a half a mile from my location a few weeks ago but that was successfully brought under control by firefighters and no deaths, injuries, or homes and or buildings were damaged by that fire.
For weeks there were forest fires popping up at random locations and a constant smell and fog of smoke all over the county but thankfully, there has not been any deaths or injuries or homes and or businesses damaged in my area that I’m aware of.
Unfortunately, Gatlinburg Tennessee which is about 85 miles to the south of me got the worst of it with reported loss of life with three people dead and many injuries and also many homes and businesses lost. The area has been devastated and will take several years to recover from the property damage, but the loss of life those families and loved ones will never fully recover from that.
Luckily, we have had rain here for the past two nights, with last night bringing an all night pour down that soaked everything… For the first time in weeks, I went outside this morning and stood on my porch and did not smell or see smoke.
Hopefully, the worst is over. But this is a lesson for preppers, well everyone really, and the lesson is that fire is a big threat to your property, preps and survival when you live in forested rural areas. Prepping for fire outbreak is a must – see this recent article “Preparing For And Protecting You Home And Or Retreat From Forest Fire” for information on how to do that.
If you’re in my area or the surrounding areas let me know how close the fire got to you and about any damages caused and preps that you are planning to make to combat any future fire outbreaks in you area.