Wildfire near Mt. LeConte forces closure of Rainbow Falls Trail

Wildfire near Mt. LeConte forces closure of Rainbow Falls Trail

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Park officials say the low-intensity, 10-acre wildfire started around 9:30 p.m. Thursday just above Rainbow Falls along the trail. (source: GSMNP) Park officials say the low-intensity, 10-acre wildfire started around 9:30 p.m. Thursday just above Rainbow Falls along the trail. (source: GSMNP)
GATLINBURG (WATE) - A wildfire has forced the closure of Rainbow Falls Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Mt. LeConte.

Park officials say the low-intensity, 10-acre wildfire started around 9:30 p.m. Thursday just above Rainbow Falls along the trail.

It was first spotted by a small aircraft. Firefighters were on scene Friday morning and will remain in the area to monitor the spread of the fire, which lies within a natural fire zone.

No resources, including structures at Mt. LeConte are in any danger.

Officials say the fire is slowly spreading through the pine-oak forest. Firefighters believe the fire will stay confined to the Rocky Spur area due to non-receptive fire fuels and predicted rains.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Rainbow Falls Trail is closed to all use.
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