Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge Wildfire Kills Three With Over 400 Structures Damaged In Tennessee
By Weather Channel // November 30, 2016
state's largest wildfire in 100 years
ABOVE VIDEO: Wildfires in the Tennessee resort towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge have killed at least three people, prompted mass evacuations and burned dozens of homes and businesses.
(WEATHER CHANNEL) — Wildfires in the Tennessee resort towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge have killed at least three people, prompted mass evacuations and burned dozens of homes and businesses.
The fatalities occurred in Sevier County, officials said during a Tuesday afternoon press conference. Gov. Bill Haslam said it’s the state’s largest wildfire in 100 years.
More than 400 homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed in Sevier County, and at least 14,000 were evacuated from Gatlinburg alone overnight, officials said during a previous press briefing.
Gatlinburg Fire Chief Craig Miller, who noted that “the worst is over,” said more than 200 firefighters are “still actively fighting fire” and noted that it had been a “difficult 24 hours.” An additional 212 firefighters have been requested to help with the effort Tuesday, he added.
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ABOVE VIDEO: Unbelievably compelling video of a man escaping the fire to get to safety