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I need to check and see, if one is burning trash in their backyard, is that considered arson?
Agents of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are helping the National Park Service and other local authorities to investigate the origin and cause of the wildfire that killed at least 10 people this week.
ATF spokesman Michael Knight said he is in Gatlinburg with more than a dozen others from his agency, including several certified fire investigators. Those investigators receive special training frequently used in cases of arson or other crimes.
"We're not looking at a criminal investigation right now," Knight said Thursday afternoon.
The National Park Service earlier this week said rangers believe the fire — which ravaged more than 17,000 acres and destroyed or damaged more than 700 buildings — was manmade. Park officials provided few details as to how they arrived at the conclusion.
The Park superintendent said at a press conference Friday that a human set the fire that spread into Gatlinburg. Anyone who was on the Chimney Top trail on November 23 has been told to call 1-888-653-0009.