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The November 2016 fire that ravaged Gatlinburg, Tennessee, started with kids and matches in the Great Smoky Mountains surrounding the town. With dry conditions and winds running strong, the kids chucked matches and rolled burning tires downhill. The wind picked up to fuel the fire, and from there the devastation spread rapidly.  

As the firefighters knew when hurrying to the scene, extinguishing flames in mountains as tall as 6,000 feet is nearly impossible. Many homes were burned to the foundation. The grim results show just how monumental of a task they faced:

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