Firefighters raced to battle Nov. Tennessee wildfire, only to find some hydrants were running dry

  • Source: USA Today
  • Published: 02/17/2017 12:00 AM

Firefighters from across Tennessee flocking to Gatlinburg to battle a growing firestorm couldn't be sure the fire hydrants they uncapped would provide any water. And within two hours of the mega wildfire reaching the city Nov. 28, the hydrants were running dry. "Water loss occurred in certain areas as early as 8:30 p.m. due to the fact that the intermittent power outages caused interruptions to the pumping stations," Gatlinburg Fire Chief Greg Miller wrote in response to emailed questions. "This causes a loss of water pressure at different areas of the city at different times during the event. This issue persisted throughout the evening and overnight of Nov. 28."


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