Wildfire burns outside Great Smoky Mountains

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  1. Reader

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    http://weather.yahoo.com/wildfire-burns-outside-great-smoky-mountains-103900390.html

    PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (AP) — A wildfire burning in a resort area outside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in eastern Tennessee has damaged or destroyed nearly 60 large rental cabins and is threatening additional homes.

    The 160-acre fire was reported around 5 p.m. EDT Sunday in Sevier County, said Ben Bryson, a fire resources coordinator with the Tennessee Division of Forestry. National Guard helicopters were pouring water on the fire.

    Although the fire was initially contained Monday morning, officials with the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency reported in the afternoon that the fire breached the containment and was threatening an additional 15 to 20 homes.

    Some of the cabins were occupied and about 150 to 200 people were evacuated, but Byson said no injuries were reported...........more at link.......
     
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  3. Kimberlyd125

    Kimberlyd125 Softball is for everyone. Fast pitch is for athlet

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    I read the fires can be seen from Wears Valley Rd.
    That is a beautiful area.
    We always stay in a cabin off of Wears Valley Rd when we visit.

    Prayers going up for everyone involved.

    This is so sad.
     
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    Agree, Kimberly, spent a lot of vacations in the area in the past...I posted this on the other weather thread but it has some good news about these fires also:

    http://www.centurylink.net/news/rea...ass&action=5&lang=en&_LT=UNLC_NKNWU00L5_UNEWS

     

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