Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Raging Wildfires In The Smoky Mountains

Tennessee's Department of Agriculture, which is responsible for maintaining the state's forests, said Tuesday there are 47 active fires that so far have consumed nearly 15,000 acres. 

  • More than 14,000 people have been forced to evacuate from resort towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge
  • Officials say 100 homes have been destroyed or damaged, as there's 'little hope' for relief anytime soon
  • Four people suffered severe burns trying to evacuate and are hospitalized as no deaths have been reported 
  • Westgate Resorts, a 16-story hotel and every cabin at Black Bear Falls is believed to have been destroyed 
  • Schools in Green, McMinn and Sevier counties will are closed, and more than 12,000 people in Sevier County were without power as of early Tuesday morning
  • Dollywood was evacuated and tourists fled the area as wildfires ripped through Eastern Tennessee Monday
  • Terrifying video shot from the Gatlinburg Park Vista Hilton Hotel shows flames just outside the windows 

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