It makes you proud to be a part of this community, thank you from the bottom of my heart, Pigeon Forge Fire Chief Tony Watson said. We just want everybody to stay vigilant. Officials added more addresses to the mandatory evacuation order for the Hatcher Mountain Fire. The smoke could be seen for miles, as a plume was captured on the National Weather Service radar stretching from Pigeon Forge to Dandridge. 8:40 PM EDT, Thu March 31, 2022. He also asked that anyone wanted to donate supplies do so through Click here. CNN Sans & 2016 Cable News Network. Highway 321, Wears Valley Road, was closed to traffic from Townsend to Pigeon Forge due to the fire. According to the update, the fire has been 30% contained as responders drop water from helicopters. Just a few hours prior to the commercial structure fire, at 6:59 p.m. on Sevier County EMA officials also released a phone number for people to call with questions or information about areas affected by the Hatcher Mountain Road/Indigo Lane Fire Thursday afternoon. Forestry officials said they expect firefighters to be able to increase containment since weather forecasts are not calling for the high wind conditions the area saw Wednesday. But until then, on Wednesday night the relative humidity will be in the 30s and 40s with very strong winds out of the southwest at 15 to 18 mph with gusts of 40 to 60 mph. We know they are anxious, we are trying to get everything under control as quick as they can.. The blaze started as a house fire, he said. All parties agreed that Phase two would not start until Phase one was finished, scheduling the Phase two trial 200 days after the court rules on Phase one. Copyright 2022 WVLT. The night of Nov. 28, 2016, they werent aware of the chaos surrounding them until they received a knock on the door. "At this time, the high winds are anticipated to affect primarily the Tennessee side of the park," the park wrote on its Facebook page. This fire could have been much more devastating had we not had this team in place, he said. Officials have not determined a cause, and evacuations are still in place. The Sevier County "My heart goes out to those (residents) who were displaced.". Once buses arrive, students will be dismissed accordingly. PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (WVLT) - An evacuation was ordered for Thursday morning, Red Cross officials were able to confirm the EMA decided to not classify the community center as a shelter because they were not sure if the fire would spread in that direction. A fire destroyed a business and damaged others nearby Monday For folks that lived in Walden Creek and Wears Valley, authorities asked them to evacuate as it was a dangerous place to be on Wednesday afternoon. It brought a tear to my eye to see everyone coming together as one, and it reassured me that everything was really going to be okay, Beau MacLellan said. -Maintenance of a current certification in CPR and First Aid. The high wind gusts up to 87 mph, in addition to creating a firestorm, Phase two is focused on causation and damages and will only be applied to a bellwether plaintiff which is someone who will be selected to represent the whole group. Firefighters escape Sevier Co. flames propelled by high winds, Firefighters save cabins in Sevier County as flames creep close. He also confirmed that less than 10 people stayed the night Thursday at the Pigeon Forge Community Shelter. He also contrasted this weeks event to the Gatlinburg fires of 2016, saying that officials and residents had learned valuable lessons on how to react to fires. As we previously reported, NONE of our cabins were damaged in the blaze. Typos, let us know HERE, and specify which article. If you are in need of shelter please come to 202 Smothers Road, Seymour, TN. However, another user tweeted a photo from Gatlinburg. A temporary shelter is set up at the Pigeon Forge Community Center at 170 Community Center Drive. Seymour Heights Christian Church, (122 Boyd's Creek Highway) and the Pigeon Forge Community Center (170 Community Center Drive) are available as shelters for persons displaced by the Hatcher Mountain Road/Indigo Lane Fire. About 20 fire departments had been fighting the fire, which had burned 260 acres, authorities said. WVLT News Sam Luther spoke to a sheltering vacationer, who said if it werent for the kindness of strangers, he and his 20 family members would have spent the night in their van. BREAKING: A mandatory evacuation was issued for the Smoky Ridge Way area off of Wears Valley Road due to increased fire conditions. Officials with the Pigeon Forge Police Department said no traffic will be able to travel into Wears Valley from Pigeon Forge until further notice. I know folks want to go home, he said We are going to work as fast and diligently as we can so folks can go home and check on property., In a message to homeowners, Waters said we are working as hard as we can. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park issued a high wind warning and stated it plannedto close several roads across the park in preparation for the expected high winds. The fast-moving brush fire quickly grew to 30 to 40 acres and prompted I stand behind the people who made decisions. PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (WVLT) - An evacuation was ordered for residents in Pigeon Forge Thursday following a fast-moving brush fire that officials are calling the Pine Mountain Fire and has since been lifted. Flying over Wears Valley, Pete Michaels Traffic (@MetroSkyWatch) March 31, 2022. Those interested in helping can go to this website to arrange donations. A schedule can be found below. The visuals of the fire are tough to view. The wind was expected to make travel hazardous due to trees being blown down. @myTDOT crews in the area are still assisting with fueling first response vehicles and where needed with traffic control. The National Weather Services spot weather forecast for the incident predicts that a line of showers will move into the fire area bringing about half an inch of precipitation between 3 and 6 a.m. Crews with the Dandridge Fire Department along with other Jefferson County fire departments were headed to the fire to assist the Sevier Co. Wildland Task Force. WEARS VALLEY, Tenn. ( WATE) A wildfire near Pigeon Forge has Parkside Resort is located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee Credit: Parkside Resort/Facebook. The U.S. Government through its employees, failed to follow mandatory regulations to monitor and extinguish a fire in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, thereby allowing it to spread beyond the park boundaries onto claimants private property, destroying their property and resulting in the death of his wife Constance and their daughters Chloe and Lily, court documents read. 2023 I know there are some folks who have been affected, and I hope that you will join me in saying a prayer for them, Parton said. "We're currently putting in lines and doing structure protection," Smith said. Volunteers from around the world calmed the fears of victims as they donated millions of dollars to the relief fund. TDOT official Mark Nagi also announced Friday morning that his crews are assisting with fueling first response vehicles in Sevier County. There are no reports of fatalities or missing people as a result of the blaze, Waters said, calling the news answered prayers.. Duran currently lives in Coral Gables, Florida. John Tegler, 71, and Marilyn Tegler, 70, were dual citizens from Woodstock, Ontario, but owned a vacation home on North Skyline Drive in Chalet Village. Because of this, the addition of overnight rain was a necessity on Wednesday evening. If they catch fire,Tennessee Division of Forestry spokesperson Brook Smith said, the rain can't do much to stop it. Michael Reed is suing on behalf of his wife, Constance Reed, 34, and their two daughters, Chloe Reed, 12, and Lily Reed, 9. As of 6 p.m., the fire had affected at least 20 structures, like buildings, and one civilian was injured. The post Brush Fire in Pigeon Forge Forces Evacuations appeared first on Outsider . Seymour Heights Christian Church at 122 Boyds Creek Highway is open as a shelter for persons displaced by the Hatcher Mountain Road/ Indigo Lane Fire. Sevier County officials gave a major update just before 5 p.m. Thursday. Deputies with the Sevier County Sheriffs Office originally told WVLT News that the Pine Mountain Fire started from a structure fire that started earlier in the day that was spread by the wind. Upon arrival to the area, they will receive their assignments to help fellow firefighters that have already been on scene for several hours, officials with the Dandridge Fire Department said. Sevierville Convention Center, 202 Gists Creek Road in Sevierville, is now open as an evacuation shelter for persons displaced by the Hatcher Mountain Road/Indigo Lane Fire. An evacuation was ordered for anyone within two miles from Parkside Resort in Pigeon Forge due to a fast-moving brush fire. Besides the well-being of homeowners and dwellings in the tourist Great Smoky Mountains destination, the biggest worries are clusters of fallen trees. She added that she was in touch with people at Dollywood, Partons theme park in Pigeon Forge, and that everything is okay there.. Updated: Jan 31, 2023 / 06:23 PM EST. He said teams were out evaluating which roads could be reopened. When asked about what the fight has been like on the scene, Mayor Waters said he appreciated the professionalism and organization of responders from the beginning, 11 a.m. Wednesday. They said they are working on creating a list of donation drop-off points, but until those are released asked people to not donate. The fire prompted the Sevier County School System to cancel classes Thursday out of an abundance of caution for our students, parents, and staff members, it said in a message on its website. CNN Sans & 2016 Cable News Network. Country superstar and East Tennessee native Dolly Parton created the My People Fund to help victims of the wildfires. -Pass Departmental NFPA 1582 Complaint Physical Exam. Crews with the Pigeon Forge Fire Department were prepared to stay out all night to make sure the fire was contained with about 50 firefighters working the fire. Flames erupted in a remote area with steep terrain that made access to the fire difficult for firefighters. Tony Ogle, a spokesperson for Sevier County Schools, said that Wearwood Elementary School evacuated its students to the Pigeon Forge Community Center due to the wildfires. At least one structure in Blount County has been affected, Anderson said regarding the Millstone Gap Fire. Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters opened the conference by thanking the first responders that flocked to the area to help fight the fires that began Wednesday morning. Updated Highway 321, Wears Valley Road, was closed to traffic from Townsend to Pigeon Forge due to the fire. -Certification as a TN Fire Inspector I or ability to obtain within one (1) year of employment. Responders also spoke on coordination during the fight, saying they paired out-of-town responders with local ones that could provide directions when needed. Bradley Phillips, 59, was discovered at 412 Long Hollow Road. A small crew remained in the area to monitor hot spots, the station said. The Hatcher Mountain/Indigo Lane fire that startedMarch 30 burned nearly 2,500 acres, damaging 219 structures and destroying 130 of those. They asked people to call 911 only for emergencies. It could be 1 to 3 oclock right, could be all night. Firefighting continues, the park reported, adding conditions throughout the park continue to be dry with an enhanced risk for wildfires. Updated The order now includes Dripping Springs Road; Dykes Road, West Lewelling, Reagan Circle, and Lela Way. It was a bad combination for the area on Wednesday. And, its the days after that night that they said give them a new light in life. ", Things can be replaced, people cant, he said. Residents told WBIR they noticed smoke that appeared to resemble a chimney fire in the area. It was surreal, Goodhue told the KnoxvilleNews Sentinel, part of the USA TODAY Network. Mayor Waters confirmed that there had still been no fatalities in the week, and the only person seriously injured had been released from the University of Tennessee Medical Center. All Rights Reserved. Tennessee Forestry representative Bruce Miller gave a fire update, saying the Hatcher Mountain Fire is 95% contained. Mayor Waters also said he would provide media with updates later in the afternoon, which WVLT will relay through the WVLT News App live. Firefighters in Sevier County said they were on level 4 alert of 5 for the threat of wildfires on Tuesday. Helicopters have been dropping water on the fire since early Thursday morning. A mandatory evacuation was issued for the Dupont Area from South Rogers Road to the Blount County/Sevier County line and Ownby Hills and Hidden Hills neighborhoods in the city of Gatlinburg. Heavy rains doused most of a wildfire that had damaged more than 35 buildings near the Tennessee resort town of Pigeon Forge, allowing authorities Monday to take firefighters off the line. Sevier County dispatch told WVLT News that there was a two-mile evacuation from Parkside Resort near Little Cove Road and Pine Mountain Road. It is possible that the strong winds on Wednesday affected the incident. WebCom localizao central em Pigeon Forge, Hilton Garden Inn Pigeon Forge est a apenas 4 minutos de caminhada de Pigeon Forge Snow e a 6 minutos a p de Christmas Place. Map: In light of Smokies fire in Wears Valley, track wildfires in Tennessee The Dupont fire startedMarch 31, burned nearly 1,000 acres and was fully contained a week later. It looks scary on TV, but Im proud of how everyone in the area has pulled together like they always do. Sevier County EMA officials took to Twitter late Thursday morning to give an update on damage assessment and donation plans. All rights reserved. Local agencies incurred more than $3 millionof expenses, Anderson added. Officials with the City of Gatlinburg and Sevier County released heartbreaking 911 calls made prior to and during the deadly wildfires. They can some back in the morning and the fire hasnt moved., On the other hand, high winds also concerned responders, Smith said. Follow the link to read our updated Privacy Policy, Morgan Wallen Celebrates the Release of One Thing at a Time with a Concert at His High School, Brush Fire in Pigeon Forge Forces Evacuations. The Knoxville Fire Department posted to Twitter saying that Saturday looked to be its last day in Sevier County supporting operations. The National Weather Service warned that the day was shaping up to bevery active, with a prolonged period of high winds coincidingwith dry vegetation to produce elevated fire danger levels. Knoxville Fire Department officials told WVLT News just after 8 p.m. that they deployed four units to Wears Valley to assist in fighting the fires, according to Knoxville Police Department Assistant Chief Mark Wilbanks. In an effort to learn more, Knox News spoke to residents in the area about the brushfires happening once again in the Gatlinburg area. That meant there wasnt any to spare for extra lodging. We were so caught off guard. Waters did have some good news, saying he thinks that the worst of the danger is over. Mountain Tough is a program for those that wish to help the citizens, businesses and visitors to Sevier County. Less than 1/10 inch of rain fell at that station and another at Pigeon Forge. Roads continue to remain closed and he suggested using Little Cove Road to access Wears Valley Road. As the strong weather system moved through the area Wednesday night the weather station at Cove Mountain recorded winds out of the south-southeast and south with sustained speeds of 38 mph at midnight. Evacuations are in effect. Tennessee Division of Forestry spokesperson Brook Smith told Knox News, Were currently putting in lines and doing structure protection. She concluded, As the fire breaks those containment lines, we are pulling back and readjusting, and putting in new lines. Joshua McGrath, Kaitlin Wright (@wxkaitlin) March 30, 2022. Five fire rescue vehicles, including four county vehicles and one state vehicle, were damaged as a result of the fire, Waters said. A new fire started Wednesday in Sevier County, Tennessee approximately four miles southwest of Pigeon Forge and six miles northwest of Gatlinburg. Miller confirmed that his crews were in the mop up phase, primarily checking hotspots that could restart parts of the fire. Jon Summers, 61, and Janet Summers, 61, were from Memphis, Tennessee. Our new Privacy Policy will go into effect on January 1st, 2023. If it keeps going, we already know well be here as long as we need, Pigeon Forge Fire Chief Tony Watson said. The Countys Emergency Management department said it is in the Hatcher Mountain Road and Indigo Lane area of the Wears Valley Community. (No insurance company calls, please. A trial date is set for July 12, 2022, at 9 a.m. at the U.S. Appears the dozer operator info may be false; Fire now at 3000 acres. Anyone in the affected area should use caution as emergency crews continue to work. "As the fire breaks those containment lines, we are pulling back and readjusting, and putting in new lines. View all posts by Bill Gabbert. Watch as a helicopter collects water from pond to drop on a wildfire in Wears Valley. The high winds knocked down power lines and started other fires, hindering communication to order mandatory evacuations. Officials with the Knoxville Fire Department confirmed that they would remain in Sevier County throughout the night, and likely into Saturday as well Friday afternoon. National Guard crews from Chattanooga were called in, and three Chinook Alice Hagler was reported missing by her family and later confirmed dead. The Hatcher Mountain Road Fire grew over the course of Thursday, but authorities also announced an increase in the containment of the fire. EMA personnel also asked that people do not drop off donations at this time. A reporter with WVLT got photos of some of the five pieces of fire apparatus that fire officials said were damaged on the Hatcher Mountain Fire northwest of Gatlinburg, Tennessee yesterday. Duran said the actions of a fire crew who took the time to rescue his American flag and Air Force banner were "a light at the end of the tunnel" for him as he assessedthe damageto his retreat in Shagbark Resort. More than 11,000 acres were burned inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park; more than 17,000 acres were burned throughout the path of the fire. The buckets suspend from the helicopter and contain valves on the bottom the crew can use to dispense water. It has been a brutal 24 hours in Pigeon Forge, TN. Stay vigilant. All rights reserved. We want to especially thank our partner Knoxville Area Transit for providing us a ride! Authorities were evacuating more residents as the fire threatened 15 to 20 homes in the Priscilla Heights area of Sevier County, Tennessee, Dean Flener of the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency said. GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WVLT) - On Nov. 23, 2016, the day before Thanksgiving, a fire began on the Chimney Tops Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. A siren alarm system was used to evacuate the Gatlinburg area, but it is uncertain what time the sirens started, and some residents told WVLT News they never heard them. Officials later said that they believed the structure fire was later a separate fire, not related to the Pine Mountain Fire. Sevier County residents, visitors face uncertainty amid wildfire. Ripley Aquarium of the Smokies in Gatlinburg evacuated all of its workers, reportedly leaving behind 10,518 animals. All Rights Reserved. Web-Must reside in State of Tennessee no further than 30 road miles from the Pigeon Forge Fire Station #1 or Fire Station #2. The Kings Academy is open as a shelter for those evacuating due to local fires. Tennessee National Guard officials told WVLT News that they have provided six UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters to support responders in Sevier County Thursday morning. Responders held a press conference Thursday morning with an update on the ongoing firefight in Sevier County. Earlier Wednesday, Sevier County warned of astrong storm system approaching the area, bringing damaging winds to the entire area. "It could be worse," Duran told Knox News of his predicament. Sevier County officials updated the evacuation map, linked above, to highlight the most up-to-date evacuation orders Friday afternoon. The Mountain Tough website was restarted following the fires, which is where those wanted to donate can find more information. I feel bad for them people.. According to Knox News , the fire had zero-percent containment going into the late-night hours. Responders said that one crew of firefighters had to abandon their vehicles and move back into already-burned areas as the fire approached Wednesday night. Waters also said that two firefighters suffered minor injures and were treated at the scene. Forestry officials announced early Thursday morning that responders would be holding a press conference around 10 a.m. That event will be streamed live here and on the WVLT Facebook page. Hatcher Mountain Wildfire 100% contained, number of structures lowered due to duplicate counts. WVLT News received two videos of firefighters battling the Hatcher Mountain Fire Friday afternoon. )Please call 911 for EMERGENCIES ONLY. CNNs Melissa Alonso, Sara Smart and Chris Boyette contributed to this report. SEVIER COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) - Responders from several East Tennessee agencies are on the scene of a major wildfire in Sevier County. However, due to the extreme nature of the wind continued to be a problem for the area. On Thursday, things expect to be different. Knox County Rescue crews were headed to Sevier County Saturday morning to assist in several capacities, including working in the EOC & an Incident Command Sub-Section, performing field damage assessment and search. Nighttime, we can usually get a good handle on containing the fire, putting it in a place to where we can bump crews out for the evening so they can get sleep, Smith said. We are predominately making efforts on the western line of the [Hatcher Mountain] fire, he said. The Hatcher Mountain Fire has impacted 100 structures and 3,700 acres, not including spot fires across the county.