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Great Smoky Mountains National Park closes most roads due to fire risk

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Great Smoky Mountains National Park has closed most park roads as well as its Elkmont and Cades Cove campgrounds after the National Weather Service issued a hazardous weather forecast and flag warning red due to high fire risk caused by high winds and hurricane force. gusts.

Road and campground closures went into effect Monday afternoon, with park rangers notifying campers already in campgrounds and encouraging park visitors to leave as soon as possible.

On Monday evening, a wildfire broke out near Rich Mountain Road on the park’s Tennessee side, according to a new statement from the park. It had reached six acres by Tuesday morning.

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