Two Kids Charged Over Tennessee Wildfires That Killed 14

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Wildfire spread with remarkable speed around, and eventually into, the towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee beginning two weeks ago. The source of the blaze appears to be arson. The two individuals charged in connection to the fires that killed 14? Two dumb kids.

Two juveniles were charged with aggravated arson today, the Washington Post reports. But while the“Chimney Tops 2” fire is believe to have been man-made, a confluence of natural weather patterns conspired to feed its deadly path through Tennessee. Drought conditions provided plenty of dry tinder to ignite, and wind gusts up to 90mph helped blow embers to new areas faster than the fires could be contained.

Evacuations in the area number in the thousands and nearly 150 injuries were reported. Over 1,700 structures in or around Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge were damaged or completely destroyed. All because of two dumbasses who we don’t know much about other than their under-18 status and that they’re being held at Sevier County Juvenile Detention Center.


The South has been struggling to push back dozens of fires which have devastated over 80,000 acres in Tennessee and neighboring North Carolina and Georgia. Thousands of firefighters have been dispatched to battle the flames, many of which are also believed to be the result of arson.

Whoever is doing that—fuck you. Seriously.

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I’m an assistant scoutmaster for one of my sons’ boy scout troops, and possibly the biggest challenge on campouts is keeping the younger kids from fucking around in the campfire. It doesn’t matter how much you try to explain to them about the risks of wildfires, they’ll be back sticking things in the fire and waving burning sticks around as soon as you turn your back. Some kids are just obsessed with fire and no amount of logic can change that.

I expect this probably started because these dumb kids were just burning shit in the backwoods only to have the wind blow up and send it out of control.