I need to get down to this area to see it for myself, but it does look like Gatlinburg TN and Pigeon Forge TN have made robust recoveries from the November 2017 fires. Gatlinburg reopened on Dec. 9, 2016. A lot of volunteerism was involved, even though this was “other people’s fault” (CNN story ).
Here are a few videos:
5 (Pigeon Forge)
I drove through Gatlinburg (down 441 on from the pass through the Smokies, 5000+ feet elevation) in the evening of July 16, 2013 on the way to Oak Ridge, to take the energy facility tour. The town was very crowded and I didn’t stop for pictures.
Update: June 30, 2017
Prosecutors have decided they do not have enough evidence against the teens in the CNN story to successfully prosecute them for causing the wildfire and have dropped charges. Wind conditions, drought, and slow response were major contributing factors.
(Posted: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 8:45 PM EDT)
Update: July 6, 2007
Here is some new dashcam video from the fire.
Source: WATE in Gatlinburg (http://wate.com/2017/07/06/gatlinburg-business-owner-retraces-steps-night-of-wildfires/).