Fatal Wildfire

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — In two federal lawsuits, 257 people sued the United States for a total of $104 million for setting a “controlled burn” in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that turned into the Chimney Tops 2 Fire, which burned 17,000 acres, killed 14 people, injured 191, and destroyed more than 2,500 homes in a single day in November 2016.

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