Man who lost family in Gatlinburg wildfires sues GSMNP

Published: Feb. 5, 2019 at 8:58 AM EST
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Michael Reed, who lost his wife and daughters in the 2016 Gatlinburg wildfires, has filed a lawsuit against the National Park Service for its response to the fires.

Reed's attorneys claimed in the suit that the NPS "knew that conditions

in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park were ripe for a fire disaster."

Reed's attorney's also state that Greg Salansky, the Fire Management Officer and Incident Commander, "decided to contain the fire to a 410-acre box, largely treating it as a 'prescribed burn.'" Attorneys go on to say Salansky's plan included "hope for rain".

"Any reasonable chance to extinguish the fire before it took aim at Gatlinburg was crippled by Park Service misconduct and inaction," attorneys write in the suit.

The 2016 fire claimed 14 lives and damaged or destroyed hundreds of homes.