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Southern Wildfires Have Threatened Communities on Edge

Thick smoke has settled over a wide area of the southern Appalachians, where dozens of uncontrolled wildfires are burning through decades of leaf litter and people breathe in tiny bits of the forest with every gulp of air. It's a constant reminder of the threat to many small mountain communities, where relentless drought and now persistent fires and smoke have people under duress. “A lot of the ladies just went to tears and said this happens in other places, it doesn't happen...

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