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Hatcher Mountain Fire in Tennessee Burns Through Wears County, Sevier County, Burns More Than 2,600 Acres, Destroys Hundreds of Homes

The Hatcher Mountain Fire was ignited by downed power lines on March 30, 2022, in Sevier County, Tennessee. In less than one week, the Hatcher Mountain Fire burned more than 2,600 acres and 213 structures, including at least 110 residences and more than 100 rental properties.

At least 125 structures were destroyed in the Hatcher Mountain Fire. No fatalities have been reported.

Also referred to as the Wears Valley Fire and the Indigo Lane Fire, the Hatcher Mountain Fire forced the evacuation of more than 11,000 homes, and two firefighters were injured fighting the blaze.

Five fire engines were also lost during the response, and one of six UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters deployed during by the Tennessee National Guard was forced to make an emergency landing while helping to bring water to the area, but the crew was uninjured.

The Hatcher Mountain Fire was declared 100% contained on April 5, 2022.

Hatcher Mountain and Millstone Gap Fire

Millstone Gap Fire Burns Over 900 Acres Near Hatcher Mountain Fire in Sevier County and Blount County

The day after the Hatcher Mountain Fire ignited, the Millstone Gap Fire ignited in a nearby area off of Millstone Gap Road on the Sevier-Blount County line, spreading into rough terrain that was difficult for firefighters to access.

Also known as the Dupont Fire or the Seymour Fire, the Millstone Gap Fire sparked March 31, 2022, when high winds downed nearby power lines. It burned nearly 1000 acres before it was announced 100% contained on April 7, 2022. However, most of that growth was a planned wildfire spread, according to Tennessee Division of Forestry officials.

The Millstone Gap Fire burned nearly 1000 acres before it was announced 100% contained on April 7, 2022. However, most of that growth was a planned wildfire spread, according to Tennessee Division of Forestry officials.

A third fire, the East Douglas Lane Fire in Campbell County, also burned nearly 500 acres the same week, but it was also reported to be 100% contained.

Find a Hatcher Mountain Fire Lawyer

If you or a loved one have been affected by the recent tragic wildfires in Tennessee, including the Hatcher Mountain Fire and Millstone Gap Fire, contact us for a free consultation today. Singleton Schreiber is working with the experienced Tennessee wildfire attorneys to represent victims of these devastating Tennessee fires.

Bringing our expertise as top California wildfire attorneys, we can help you learn about potential Hatcher Mountain Fire compensation and understand all of your legal options, whether you have insurance or not. You deserve to be reimbursed for your losses.

Whether you rent or own your property, you shouldn’t pay the price for wildfires caused by negligent government agencies. Years of experience in fire litigation have allowed our attorneys to develop strong relationships with qualified fire experts who can help achieve the very best results for your case.

If you’ve sustained injuries, property loss, or property damage from fires in Tennessee, our experienced Tennessee fire lawyers are here to inform you of your legal options and ensure your interests are represented.

Final Damage Assessment Report Shows Residential Damage From Hatcher Mountain Fire Sparked By Downed Power Lines

The Sevier County Emergency Management Agency released its final Damage Assessment Report from the Hatcher Mountain Fire and the Millstone Gap Fire, both caused by downed power lines and high winds.

The report estimated that the fires caused more than $65 million in damage to livable structures, and it put the cost of fighting the fires from the county at $3.2 million, not including any costs incurred by the State of Tennessee.

That figure includes the cost of removing debris, taking emergency measures, and maintaining and repairing utilities, and the report will be audited by the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency to ensure its accuracy before affected persons and businesses will be eligible to receive assistance funds.

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee said that damage from the Sevier County wildfires would likely be in the “tens of millions of dollars,” after his initial tour of the affected areas.

The report from the County detailed that 64 residential homes and 61 rental homes were destroyed, while 84 others were affected by the fires.

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee Issues Executive Order to Provide Relief for Victims of Sevier County Wildfires, Including Hatcher Mountain Fire and Millstone Gap Fire

On April 20, 2022, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee issued Executive Order 96 to help anyone affected by the Sevier County wildfires. The order declared the fires, including the Hatcher Mountain Fire and Millstone Gap Fire, a “major disaster” and issued a state of emergency.

Executive Order 96 seeks to waive license requirements and other fees for Sevier County fire victims. It suspends five other pieces of Tennessee legislation that would otherwise hinder the ability of those affected to get assistance.

Waived fees include those issued by State and county clerks for duplicate motor vehicle titles used to replace those lost or damaged during the fires. It also allows the Commissioner of Safety and Homeland Security to waive fees for duplicate drivers licenses or ID cards.

The State Commissioner of Commerce and Insurance can also direct insurance companies to assist policy holders whose payments have been disrupted or delayed as a result of displacement, as a result of the order.

Vacation lodging services are also permitted to provide accommodations to persons providing relief services to those affected by the wildfires for longer than the mandated 14-day limit.

Lastly, the executive order makes it easier for contractors to assist in wildfire damage cleanup efforts. It remained in affect until May 14, 2022.

Other Tennessee Wildfires, Including Millstone Gap Fire, Sparked at Same Time as Hatcher Mountain Fire in Sevier County

The Hatcher Mountain Fire in Sevier County, also known as the Indigo Lane Fire and the Wears Valley Fire, was not the only fire burning in Tennessee this Spring.

The Millstone Gap Fire, also known as the Dupont Fire and the Seymour Fire, started just one day after the Hatcher Mountain Fire on the Sevier-Blount County line, while the East Douglas Lane Fire burned nearly 500 acres in Campbell County the same week.

The fire ignited in a nearby area off of Millstone Gap Road, and crews allowed it to grow to nearly 1,000 acres due to the fact that it was spreading into rough terrain that was difficult for firefighters to access.

A third fire, the East Douglas Lane Fire in Campbell County, also burned nearly 500 acres the same week.

The New History of Wildfires in Tennessee

Sevier County was also the site of one of the worst natural disasters in Tennessee state history, the 2016 Great Smoky Mountains wildfires, also known as the Gatlinburg Wildfires. That complex of wildfires burned more than 10,000 acres and claimed 14 lives.

A federal lawsuit was filed against the Great Smoky Mountains National Park over the largest of that complex of wildfires, the Chimney Tops 2 Fire, on behalf of victims who sought damages for the park’s failure to contain the fire within its perimeter.

The federal government fought to dismiss any lawsuits by Sevier County residents attempting to hold the Federal Parks responsible for the wildfires, and in February 2022 the Gatlinburg wildfire lawsuit was partially dismissed by U.S. District Court Judge Ronnie Greer.

Sevier County residents are currently appealing the decision to dismiss the lawsuit.

Our Tennessee Fire Lawyers Can Get You Compensation for Damages From the Hatcher Mountain Fire and Millstone Gap Fire

If you or a loved one have experienced a Hatcher Mountain Fire or Millstone Gap Fire evacuation — or property damage or loss, an injury, hospitalization, wrongful death, psychological trauma, or other long-term health issue caused by these or other Tennessee wildfires — the competent fire attorneys at Singleton Schreiber can help you recover the fair and full compensation you need to move forward with your life.

If You Have Experienced Any of the Following, You May Be Eligible for Hatcher Mountain Fire Compensation:

  • Expensive Evacuation
  • Wrongful Death from Fire or Smoke
  • Hospitalization
  • Serious Burns
  • Other Serious Personal Injury
  • Long-Term Health Effects
  • Psychological Impact
  • Home Loss
  • Structure Loss
  • Damage to Animals/Pets
  • Damage to Timber/Trees
  • Erosion
  • Vegetation Loss
  • Damage to Landscaping
  • Significant Property Damage
  • Economic Loss
  • Agriculture Loss
  • Damage to Infrastructure
  • Business Loss
  • Business Interruption
  • Smoke Damage
  • Damage from Soot & Ash
  • Underinsured Property
  • FEMA Assistance
  • Utility & Other Service Interruptions
  • Housing Market Impacts

Frequently Asked Questions

The Coastal Fire burned 200 acres in Laguna Niguel and Laguna Beach on May 11, tearing up coastal hillsides in Aliso Canyon before crews could respond. Less than a week later, the fire was 90% contained and the total acres burned remained at 200.

Two firefighters were briefly hospitalized with injuries sustained fighting the blaze but released the same day. The fire destroyed and damaged dozens of coastal mansions in one of the most expensive neighborhoods in California and forced the evacuation of about 900 homes.

Six days after the fire started, 30 homes on Coronado Pointe remain under mandatory evacuation.

At least 20 homes were destroyed and 11 more damaged in the Coastal Fire in Laguna Niguel and Laguna Beach. The neighborhood that was affected includes some of the priciest residential real estate in California.

The official cause of the Coastal Fire is under investigation, but Southern California Edison (SCE) disclosed to state utility regulators that unspecified electrical “circuit activity” occurred near Laguna Niguel at the time the wildfire sparked.

Southern California Edison (SCE) disclosed to state utility regulators that unspecified electrical “circuit activity” occurred near Laguna Niguel at the time the wildfire sparked.

SCE said they notified the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) “out of an abundance of caution” in the e-mailed letter to the agency, due to the fact that the incident could meet reporting requirements.

In the e-mail to the PUC, the utility company said “Our information reflects circuit activity occurring close in time to the reported time of the fire. Our investigation is ongoing.”

The blaze broke out in Aliso Canyon, near the South Orange County Wastewater Authority treatment plant.

Six days after the Coastal Fire started, it was 90% contained and remained at 200 acres burned.

A potential Coastal Fire lawsuit against SCE could hinge on the results of pending investigations into the cause of the Orange County fire, but If you or a loved one were affected by the Coastal Fire, an experienced wildfire attorney is essential to understand your legal options.

Homeowners may have valid legal claims to substantial compensation for property damage and property loss caused by the Coastal Fire in Laguna Niguel and Laguna Beach.

Even with insurance, you should contact Singleton Schreiber to make sure you receive the maximum compensation from this incident so that you can rebuild your life.

Although there will be dozens of individuals who suffer damages, as a firm we handle each case individually. Our goal is to recover the maximum amount of legal damages for each individual based on their unique losses. That can range from tens of thousands of dollars to tens of millions.

SCE has millions available in insurance funds and can borrow more money in order to pay all damages caused if their equipment is responsible for this fire. 

If you have experienced injuries, property damage, or property loss caused by the Coastal Fire, the experienced wildfire attorneys at Singleton Schreiber will help you recover the fair and full compensation you need to move forward with your life.

Schedule your free claim evaluation and find your Coastal Fire lawyer today.