Weather and the Gatlinburg Wildfire Response

gatlinburg-wildfire-riskThis week on the show we bring you a look at the devastating Gatlinburg, Tennessee region wildfires that brought death and destruction to that area of the eastern half of the U.S. Hosts Jamie Davis, the Podmedic and Sam Bradley get on the phone with Dr. Joe Holley and paramedic Jim Logan to talk about the response from state and local officials to this disaster.

We also have podcast listener and disaster meteorology expert Kyle Nelson on the show to talk about how the weather influences the severity and scope of wildfires. Kyle is an educator with the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center which offers no-cost social media and natural hazards training courses for responders, community partners & the public. You can connect with Kyle via our Disaster Podcast Facebook group or on Twitter at @WxKyleNelson.


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Jamie Davis, Sam Bradley, Joe Holley, Kyle Nelson

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One Reply to “Weather and the Gatlinburg Wildfire Response”

  1. wxkylenelson

    Hey Disaster Podcast fans! I had a great time talking weather and wildfires in this episode. I’m a Ski Patroller, Meteorologist, and Social Media & Natural Hazards Educator based in Aspen, CO.

    If you have any questions (or feedback) please send them my way!

    Some of the resources I touched on:
    >U.S. National Weather Service (NWS):
    >S-290 (Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior):
    >National Hurricane Center:
    >National Disaster Preparedness Training Center:

    Feel free to connect with me on Twitter and LinkedIn:

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