Wildfire burns outside Great Smoky Mountains
ASSOCIATED PRESS March 18, 2013 7:38AM
Firefighters set a boundary as cabins burn on Black Bear Cub Way in Sevier County, Tenn Sunday March 17, 2013. As of 8:00 p.m. there was 32 cabins reported burned with 40 more in danger as shifting winds started breaking contain lines. (AP Photo/The Mountain,Curt Habraken)
Updated: March 18, 2013 7:38AM
PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. — A wildfire burning in a resort area outside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in eastern Tennessee has destroyed more than 30 large rental cabins.
Ben Bryson, a fire resources coordinator with the Tennessee Division of Forestry, says the 145-acre fire was first reported around 5 p.m. EDT Sunday in Sevier County.
Bryson says two National Guard helicopters are being dispatched Monday to help fight the fire, which has been contained and isn’t expected to spread.
Bryson says some of the cabins were occupied and about 150 to 200 people were evacuated, but no injuries were reported.
The area is home country star Dolly Parton’s Dollywood theme park, which Bryson says is not being threatened by the fire.