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The aftermath of Gatlinburg Wildfire: claims 11 lives, leaves burnt trees and ashes

December 2, 2016 11:15 AM |

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December 2, 2016 11:15 AM


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Strong winds on Monday caused inflammation on Chimney Top Mountain in Tennessee which rapidly spread to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. The wildfire that initiated late Monday night also led to several road closures and power failures.

Keeping this in mind, a level 3 State of Emergency was declared by the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) late Monday night. Close to thousands of people left the town, some of which drove right by the flames of the fire.

Moreover, over 30 buildings were under the influence of fire by late night. Evacuation process had been initiated particularly in parts of downtown Gatlinburg, Mynatt Park, Park Vista and Ski Mounty in Gatlinburg, and for the south part of Pigeon Forge close to Sevierville.

The town had also set up a shelter home at the Gatlinburg Community Center at 156 Proffitt Road and Rocky Top Sports World near Gatlinburg Pittman High School on Highway 321.

Public is advised to stay off the highways. Other areas that are under compulsory emptying includes Mynatt Park Neighborhood, East Foothills Road, Savage Gardens, Turkey Nest Road and Davenport Road areas.

TEMA also confirms against no casualties due to the wildfires though minor injuries have been reported. Furthermore, agencies from nearby states are also assisting officials in Gatlinburg.

As per the experts, the area close to Gatlinburg has remained dry since past few weeks which led to contributing in the threat of wildfires even more. However, few light rainy spells also witnessed across the area in the later night which help in combating with the wildfire.

As per the Met Department, more rain is also likely to make its appearance throughout the week which would aid in fighting against the burning.


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