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Park Reports 10-acre Wildfire near Rainbow Falls

Park Reports 10-acre Wildfire near Rainbow Falls

Great Smoky Mountains National Park firefighters are managing a low-intensity, 10-acre wildfire, located just above Rainbow Falls along Rainbow Falls Trail. The Rocky Spur fire was 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 monitor the spread […]

Awards for Bravery Presented to Smokies Park Ranger and Townsend Firefighter

Awards for Bravery Presented to Smokies Park Ranger and Townsend Firefighter

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Ranger Brad Griest and Townsend Fire Department Volunteer Firefighter Christopher Scarbrough were recognized in Washington DC on May 8, 2014 by Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell for their heroic actions that saved the life of a motorist. In December 2011, Griest and Scarbrough rescued a barely conscious motorist trapped […]

Ramsey Cascades Trail Rescue Operation Complete

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Rangers and the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) successfully completed the rescue operation. The THP helicopter transported hiker Mark Lehmahn from Ramsey Cascades Trail at approximately 5:30 p.m. to the Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge Airport in Sevierville, TN where the patient was transported via ambulance to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in […]

Cindy MacLeod Selected as Acting Superintendent of Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Cindy MacLeod Selected as Acting Superintendent of Great Smoky Mountains National Park

National Park Service Southeast Regional Director Stan Austin announced that Cindy MacLeod has been selected as the acting superintendent of Great Smoky Mountains National Park effective June 1.  MacLeod is the superintendent of Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia.  She replaces Pedro Ramos who has been the acting superintendent since January.  Ramos will return to […]