Famed blogging angler Tom Chandler of the Trout Underground is planning to visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the next couple of weeks. Around the time he announced his plans to visit the park on his excellent blog, several area roads were closed due to high wind and downed trees. Now, as the time for his visit approaches, we learn of a forest fire in the park that has closed a campground and trails.
"A visitor reported the fire to the park around 2:30 p.m. on Monday. The fire is about 1.5 miles inside the park boundary and is located about 0.3 mile from the Big Creek Trailhead between Big Creek Trail and Chestnut Branch Trail. Aerial reconnaissance of the fire yesterday afternoon estimated the fire to be about 40 acres north of Big Creek Trail."