Beech Branch, Walker Trail and Wiley Oakley Drive are expected to be open by noon Saturday for property owners and renters to inspect their properties and what’s left of them. Supplies, including toiletries, clothes, food and water are available for those who need them at Boyds Bear at 149 Cates Road from 9 to 6 on Saturday and 1 to 6 on Sunday.
Authorities in Sevier County have officially confirmed the death of Alice Hagler, 70, in the fire. Her family previously confirmed her death. A soft search of every affected area in the city and county is expected to be complete by 7 p.m. Friday.
The cause of the fire near the summit on Chimney Tops appears to be human caused, according to the park. The park is asking for assistance from the public to gather information.
“If you or someone you know hiked the Chimney Tops Trail on