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Nov 29
2016

Tennessee Wildfires Spread to Knoxville's Neighboring Popular Towns, Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge

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Tennessee Wildfires

Hearts fell this morning in areas surrounding our favorite mountain towns, across the country as loved ones to those who inhabit or were visiting the towns try to make contact, and in our office as news broke that the Tennessee wildfires that have been devastating tens of thousands of acres of our beautiful Great Smoky Mountains has spread inland and engulfed hundreds of structures within, forcing the evacuation of over 15,000 overnight. 

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park released this update Tuesday morning, noting that some buildings in the area had been completely destroyed.

"Gatlinburg Area Fire Update

Sevier County, City of Gatlinburg, and Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials have reported widespread fire damage and continued fire activity throughout the Gatlinburg area and much of Sevier County including Wears Valley, Pigeon Forge, and Jones Cove. Gatlinburg City officials have reported numerous structures completely lost to fire including businesses in the downtown area and private homes throughout the area.

Unpredicted, extreme weather conditions on Sunday afternoon through Monday led to the exponential spread of fires both inside and outside of the National Park. Severe wind gusts of over 80 mph, unprecedented low relative humidity, and extended drought conditions caused the fire burning in the National Park to spread rapidly and unpredictably, in spite of suppression efforts on Sunday that included helicopter water drops. Wind gusts carried burning embers long distances causing new spot fires to ignite across the north-central area of the park and into Gatlinburg. In addition, high winds caused numerous trees to fall throughout the evening on Monday bringing down power lines across the area that ignited additional new fires that spread rapidly due to sustained winds of over 40 mph.

Conditions remain extremely dangerous with trees expected to continue to fall. Officials are asking that motorists stay off the roadways throughout the area. Travel in the Gatlinburg area is limited to emergency traffic only. The National Park is closed at the Gatlinburg entrance.

Officials have received tremendous support throughout the region included state resources and the deployment of the National Guard by Governor Haslam. The Red Cross established shelters in both Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge where over 1,300 people have gathered to seek refuge."

We at Tennessee Valley Realty Associates are deeply saddened by the tragedy in Gatlingburg/Great Smoky Mountains. We send our support and condolences to the families, businesses, and first responders during this devastating time.

Our office, located at 5204 Kingston Pike, Suite 21, Knoxville, TN 37919, will be serving as a drop off location for any donations for the Red Cross.

If anyone has friends or family that have been displaced by the fire, our Property Management Division has 5 rental homes available immediately. One home is in Blount County, the other homes are located in Knox County. If anyone is in need of immediate housing, please call 865-484-6749 for more information.

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