Wildfires caused by severe drought in the region of Gatlinburg, Tennessee have killed three and injured more than ten. These fires are some of the worst fires the region has ever seen, as they are not accustomed to wildfires. The drought in the area killed or dried out many of the vegetation which served as fuel for a rapidly increasing wildfire.
The lessons we learn from the events unfolding in Tennessee are especially useful to us in California. California is known as wildfire country so we are used to these events and we are in the position where we must be concerned about preventing or controlling wildfires to the best of our abilities. California is also dealing with an exceptional historic drought which has killed much of our vegetation casuing millions of plants to act as fuel for spreading wildfires. We must learn lessons from every wildfire to help control these events in the future.