As the 2016 Thanksgiving weekend drew to a close, wildfires in the Gatlinburg area, driven by 90 mph winds, were heading their devastating path. Lives and homes were lost. At Rocky Top Sports in Gatlinburg, where I went as a pastor to bring my ears and my heart, people told me chilling stories.
Jumping to 2022, many others have had flashbacks of the devastation of 2016, when Wears Valley and another wildfire were fanned by high winds and first responders were at work. Every worthy house turned to ashes. Cars of all manufacturers are reduced to puddles. Thankfully, no lives were lost in this recent fire.