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updated: one bit of good news -- the Ripley's Aquarium with over 10,000 animals is safe, though it wasn't looking like it last night. This from the Ripley's site:
For the safety of our employees and guests, all of our Attractions will remain closed until the evacuation has lifted. We have a team of Marine Biologists and Life Support Experts inside the Aquarium and are happy to report that the animals are safe.

For a full statement, please click here.

I posted this in 2014--a hike I took with my kids to the top of the Chimneys. It had meaning for me. The Smoky Mtns have been a backdrop to my life. I've been here so many times.




and tonight it looks like this:


I am heartsick. We've had almost no rain for a month. The air's bad. Wind kicked up today. Gatlinburg's burning, and Ripley's Aquarium was surrounded by fire hours ago. Over 10,000 animals there, my God. I'm fixated on it, and horrified.

And my daughter's girlfriend may have lost her home there tonight, though thankfully, oh so thankfully, her family and her animals are safe.

Tonight it finally began to rain, but not enough.

Date: 2016-11-29 01:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tipitiwitchet.livejournal.com

God, it's awful. Arrowmont lost some buildings, which is a damn shame. Last I heard, the aquarium was trying to work with some other aquariums to move some animals.


Just horrifying to watch. I sat there this morning and cried.

Date: 2016-11-29 05:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kassidy62.livejournal.com
from the ripley's gatlinburg site, smoops--hope this will make you feel a little better, it did me
https://www.ripleyaquariums.com/gatlinburg/

For the safety of our employees and guests, all of our Attractions will remain closed until the evacuation has lifted. We have a team of Marine Biologists and Life Support Experts inside the Aquarium and are happy to report that the animals are safe.

Date: 2016-11-29 02:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] solosundance.livejournal.com
How horrible :( Will be thinking of you.

Date: 2016-11-29 03:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] loyseofverlaine.livejournal.com
Oh Kass, I'm so sorry! My prayers are with you and your family, and everyone in the Smokies.

Husby and I have been there several times - it's such a biologically rich area, we brought students down on field trips to study the ecosystems. I loved Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.

Stay safe.

Date: 2016-11-29 07:30 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] hardboiledbaby
Oh babe. I have no words, just *hugs tight*

Date: 2016-11-29 08:20 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] lauramcewan.livejournal.com
So sorry!! It's awful. :(

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