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USNPS can be sued over 2016 fires that escaped Great Smoky Mountains NP, judge says

Survivors of the deadliest wildfire in Tennessee history have the right to sue the National Park Service for failing to warn them of the danger they faced, a federal judge has ruled.

The fire began on the remote Chimney Tops peaks inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Nov. 23, 2016, during a record-setting drought. Greg Salansky, the park’s fire management officer, decided to try to contain the fire rather than attack it directly despite forecasts of high winds and "critically dry" conditions.

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