Time and rain have been huge helps in the battling the 2 wildfires burning in the Great Smoky Mountains national park.
Presently the Laurel Falls fire which is East of Elkmont and West of the Sugarlands TN is still burning but is more than 75% contained.
As long as conditions keep improving as they have the past 2 hours we may see the following closed hiking trails reopen as soon as late this afternoon:
- Cove Mountain Hiking Trail
- Laurel Falls Hiking Trail
- Little Brier Gap
- Little Roundtop Hiking Trail
- Little Greenbrier Hiking Trail
- Metcalf Bottoms Hiking Trail
At this point 267 acres have been burned by the Laurel Falls wild fire and no structural damage or specimen old growth trees have been damaged.
The Stony Ridge Wildfire has already consumed 1,557 acres and is now 60% contained.
The only pubic access areas closed is a section of the Bluer Ridge parkway from Soco Road - US 19 to Newfound Gap Road - US 441 just a short distance north of the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains national park in Cherokee North Carolina.