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Park Reports 10-acre Wildfire near Rainbow Falls

A plume of smoke from the wildfire is visible on Mount Le Conte.
A plume of smoke rises from the fire on the side of Mount Le Conte.
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News Release Date: May 9, 2014
Contact: Public Affairs Office, (865) 436-1207

Great Smoky MountainsNational Park firefighters are managing a low-intensity, 10-acre wildfire,located just above Rainbow Falls along Rainbow Falls Trail.  

The Rocky Spur firewas reported at approximately 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 8 by a small aircraft.Firefighters were on scene this morning and will remain in the area to monitorthe spread of the fire which lies within a natural fire zone. No resources, includingstructures at Mt. LeConte, are threatened by the fire. 

The fire is slowlyspreading, with flame lengths less than 3 feet high, through a pine-oak forestincluding a fire-dependent Table Mountain Pine stand. Firefighters anticipatethat the fire will stay confined to the Rocky Spur area due to non-receptivefire fuels across the ridge along with predicted rain. The cause of the fire isunder investigation.

Rainbow Falls Trailhas been closed to all use. For more information regarding the park's wildlandfire management program, please visit http://www.nps.gov/grsm/naturescience/fire-regime.htm.

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