(photo from Michael Patrick/Knoxville News Sentinel via AP)
By now, I’m sure you’re all aware of the devastation that hit Gatlinburg seemingly without warning. I’d bet the fire hit close to home for at least a few of you. Last I saw, 17,000 acres have burned, and 11,000 of those are within GSMNP. Three-hundred structures have burned, and eleven people have died. That last number is sure to rise in the coming days.
I was speaking to friend of mine in the area yesterday, and he conveyed the impact of the fire on the community in a way that only someone close to it could. Dave and I were talking today, and we decided that we want to encourage everyone to do something to help. The Red Cross is on the ground, and they’ve made it very easy to simply text a donation to the relief efforts.
Additionally, we are going to be collecting donations at the WNC Fly Fishing Expo. Make a donation of $10 or more, and get a SCOF sticker. 100% of the proceeds will go to the relief effort, so stop by the booth and pitch in.