Park Plans Prescribed Burn Operation near Top of the World Community in Blount County

April 12, 2018

Great Smoky Mountains National Park fire management officials plan to conduct an 83-acre prescribed burn in Lynn Hollow near the Top of the World community on Friday, April 13, weather permitting. The Gold Mine Trail will be closed to all public use during burn operations.

The Lynn Hollow area has been impacted by pine bark beetles resulting in a high accumulation of dead and down woody materials on the forest floor. Through the prescribed-burn treatment, managers plan to reduce woody fuel accumulation, while also helping to restore the unique shortleaf-pine and oak forest community that is rare within the park.

“With the help of the Tennessee Division of Forestry, the Top of the World community was recently designated a Firewise USA Site,” said Park Fire Management Officer Greg Salanasky. “They have been working to protect their community from wildfires by implementing Firewise practices. This prescribed burn allows us the opportunity to help reduce fuels along the boundary of the park and their community.”

The prescribed burn area is bounded by Gold Mine Trail, Kingfisher Creek, and Flats Road. Visitors traveling along the Foothills Parkway West should expect to see smoke in the area.