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Smokin’ Hot by Trent Thompson evacuate their homes, and you couldn’t even see five feet in front of you. I chose this subject because these fires were in our very own backyards, and the concern for our citizens and our community was a “real” issue for us all. Ryan Peacock is a District Fire Management Officer at the Chattooga Riv- er Ranger District. I had the honor to interview him for this Foxfire article about the fires in the Fall of 2016. They were very widespread and affected a lot of people, including my school district- Rabun Coun- ty School District. We couldn’t even go outside at school because of the smoke. The Forest Fires of 2016 were very destructive to the point that people had to When it comes to the amount of devastation, that’s going to be site-specific. Not all fires that occurred were devastating as far as the effects on the landscape. We had fires that were low in- tensity, moderate intensity, and high intensity. These fires occurred in Tennessee, North Car- olina, South Carolina, and Georgia to name a few. The term devastation has a variety of meanings to different people. We look at how the fire burned and the extent of soil damage that we ended up getting. (We also look at) what type of vegetation damage oc- curred. Some fires may have a lower intensity but a lon- ger residence time; so, it’s going to have an effect that may show tree mortality for the next one to two years. When you’re talking devastation, the scale is going to be different for each incident. Each fire that occurred and how it burned differs. Here on the Chattooga Riv- er Ranger District, I believe that we came out of the 60