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Old 11-29-16, 02:02 AM   #1
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Default Gatlinburg

Just wanted to post this, Gatlinburg is on fire with mandatory evacuations. A fire was started in the Chimney Rocks area at about 1130 am Monday. By this evening it had spread to Gatlinburg, Wear Valley and headed toward Pigeon Forge.
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Old 11-29-16, 06:57 AM   #2
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Hopefully they are getting some of this rain...

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Old 11-29-16, 11:17 AM   #3
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It's pretty bad up there. Reports said the fire was spreading quickly by jumping from one ridge to the next with the 75 mph wind gusts.
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Old 11-29-16, 11:22 AM   #4
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crazy and sad.....

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Old 11-29-16, 12:16 PM   #5
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I can smell the recently doused fires here in Dillsboro. Imagine spraying a hot campfire with the water hose....that's pretty much the aroma I'm getting now.
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Old 11-29-16, 12:29 PM   #6
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Along with the 10,000+ animals they house apparently. Park Vista Hotel is gone though along with Ober Gatlinburg. Fire is near Dollywood. Does not look good but I hope they get more rain today.
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Old 11-29-16, 04:01 PM   #7
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Getting some national attention now:

Gatlinburg Wildfires Force Evacuations in Tennessee
NOV. 29, 2016

Wildfires in Tennessee damaged hundreds of buildings overnight, forcing thousands of people to evacuate their homes as hundreds of firefighters battled the blazes and smoke that blanketed the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains.

A statement released Tuesday morning by the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency said that the towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, as well as other parts of Sevier County, in the eastern part of the state, had been evacuated.

The agency said it was likely that more than 14,000 people had left Gatlinburg alone. Dramatic videos shot by residents showed flames lining the edge of the highways used for evacuations.

An earlier statement said that about 100 houses and 30 businesses had been impacted by the fire. Dean Flener, an emergency management spokesman, said those numbers were likely to rise.

“As it hits daylight and officials are able to look at the damage, there’s going to be hundreds of structures in the county that have had some type of devastation or have been destroyed by the wildfires,” he said.

Even as rain began to fall in the morning, the fires continued to rage.
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Old 11-29-16, 06:46 PM   #8
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Leconte is threatened but still standing. I've never stayed overnight but try to do a round trip day hike hike up there once a year for the beautiful views, lama scat, lousy lunch and very sore muscles. Here's a list of what's destroyed and what's still standing:
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