Environment

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Rain and cooler temperatures have allowed fire crews to gain the upper hand on wildfires in Kentucky. For the first time in over a month, there are no active forest fires.

In eastern Tennessee, officials say a wildfire that tore through resort towns in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains earlier this week killed at least 13 people and destroyed nearly 1,000 structures, according to local officials and the state emergency management agency.

The confirmed death toll in and around the tourist town of Gatlinburg in Sevier County has climbed steadily since the fire raced into town overnight on Monday.

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The proposed conversion of a natural gas pipeline across Kentucky is moving forward.

Friday is the final day to comment on a draft environmental assessment that found the project would have no significant environmental impacts. But environmental groups and residents affected by the pipeline say the project deserves a more thorough analysis.

City of Paducah

Update Wednesday: Paducah Rotary Playground will be closed until further notice. City crews are preparing the site for a rubberized safety surface.  

Groundbreaking for the Paducah Health Park in Fountain Avenue begins next week. According to the City of Paducah, the first phase of development will take six months to complete.

Montgomery County

Emergency responders from Montgomery County are answering the call for aid in fighting rampant wildfires in East Tennessee. 

Update: 4:50 p.m.

Authorities in Gatlinburg have now confirmed three fatalities related to the fast-moving wildfires that roared through the mountain town last night. No other information has been released about the deaths except that they were outside of the town of Gatlinburg.

Updated at 5:30 p.m. ET

Local officials rushed to get people out of towns as a wildfire raced into Tennessee's Sevier County on Monday evening.

At least three people were killed in the blaze, according to The Associated Press, and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency said Tuesday morning that at least four people were taken to hospitals with burns.

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The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is adding automated vehicle location equipment to many of its snow trucks this winter.

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In mid-January, Kentuckians and visitors to the state can catch a peek at bald eagles in western Kentucky.

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Authorities say firefighters have made progress against many of the large wildfires burning in Southeastern Kentucky, but several blazes continue to creep into new areas — and they say more fires have been started by suspected arsonists. 

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