Wildfire Destroys Cabins In Resort Community

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (March 18, 2013)--A wildfire that’s burning in a resort area outside Great Smoky Mountains National Park in eastern Tennessee has destroyed nearly 60 large rental cabins and was threatening additional homes Monday.

The 145-acre fire was first reported late Sunday afternoon in Sevier County, said Ben Bryson, a fire resources coordinator with the Tennessee Division of Forestry.

National Guard helicopters were dumping water on the fire Monday.

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.

Byson said no injuries were reported.

The area is home to country star Dolly Parton's Dollywood theme park, which Bryson says was not threatened by the fire.


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