Weather permitting, during the week of November 7-10, the park will be conducting prescribed burns in Cades Cove. The Loop Road will remain open, but delays may be possible. Fires may be visible from the roadway and visitors may encounter smoke in the valley and along the roadway. Temporary closures of the Primitive Baptist Church, the Methodist Church, and Abrams Fall trailhead are possible on Wednesday and Thursday.
Fire managers at Great Smoky Mountains National Park plan to complete a series of prescribed burns of fields in Cades Cove on Monday through Thursday, November 7-10, if weather conditions permit. Park managers plan to burn several tracts totaling about 550 acres.
The selected fields are being burned as part of a cost-effective strategy to prevent the open fields from being reclaimed by forest. The Park contracts to mow about 950 acres of fields that are clearly visible from the Cades Cove Loop Road twice a year. Other fields that are less visible from the Loop Road, totaling around 1,500 acres, are kept open by burning or mowing on a three year rotation.