Wayah Bald Fire One Year Later

23 Nov

On the Porch

Onisha Ellis


A year ago, this month, wild fires ravaged western North Carolina and Tennessee. Today we took a drive up to Wayah Bald, an area that sustained major fire damage. Although it saddened us to view how many trees were cut down after the fire, still it was encouraging to see signs of new growth on some of the remaining fire blackened trees. The top of the fire tower on Wayah was destroyed and replacing it has been a slow process. We were pleased to see the framework for a new roof in place with an American flag fluttering in the breeze.

This Thanksgiving, I am thankful that I serve a God of restoration. Out of the flames of heartbreak, rejection and shame, He takes the our brokenness and makes me new again.


Before the fire

Before the fire, the tower wasn’t visible from the parking lot.

3 Responses to “Wayah Bald Fire One Year Later”

  1. victoriabenchley November 27, 2017 at 6:42 pm #

    I always hate to see the devastation caused by fires.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Onisha Ellis November 28, 2017 at 8:24 pm #

      Great Smoky Mountains Association produced a video of the amazing new growth and the plants that benefit from fire.


  2. divoran09 November 24, 2017 at 7:04 am #

    Wonderful post and a great devotional!

    Love, DiVoran


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