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Henri Grissino-Mayer, professor of geography, has spoken to multiple media outlets this week after wildfires caused devastation around the Gatlinburg area. He has explained the natural history of forest fires, saying it has always been a matter of when – not if – such events would occur. Grissino-Mayer traveled to Wears Valley on Thursday to talk with CNN. He has also been quoted in Firefighter Nation, the Tennessean, the News Sentinel, Chattanooga Times Free PressWinchester Herald Chronicle, the Tullahoma News, and other outlets.