Currently, fire crews have been released from the fire, and there are no fire crews in the area of the fire. Rangers at Chickamauga and Chattanooga NMP will continue to monitor the area daily to ensure the safety of park visitors and the protection of park resources.
Trails that were closed on Lookout Mountain on the western slope have been reopened, including the Bluff Trail, John Smartt and Jackson Gap trails. The National Park Service advises hikers to stay on the trails; do not hike off trail to go into the burned areas because of unseen hazards that still exist in the area. If smoke is seen or smelled hikers and/or homeowners are encouraged to call 911 or the National Park Service at (706) 866-9241.
The success experienced in controlling this wildland fire was greatly aided by the participation of private landowners near the park boundary who supported efforts to create defensible spaces around their homes. To learn more about how you can make your neighborhood safer from wildland fire, please visit the Firewise Communities website maintained by the National Fire Protection Association.