Tennessee EMA issues Level 3 State of Emergency due to Sevier County wildfires

Wildfires spread in Sevier County, Tennessee, prompting evacuations. (Courtesy Charlene Dodd Payne)

UPDATE (2:07 a.m.)

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency has released new information on a raging Sevier County wildfire.

TEMA says about 100 homes have been impacted in Sevier County, and 10 specifically in Gatlinburg.

Overall, approximately 30 structures have been affected in Gatlinburg. With wildfires still burning, the State Emergency Operations Center will remain activated tonight.

TEMA says it has worked with FEMA to secure a Fire Management Assistance Grant for the Chimney top Mountain Fire, which is the cause of tonight's wildfire in Sevier County.

Sevier County residents can let others know their status via Red Cross or Facebook.


GATLINGBURG, Tenn. (WZTV) - The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency has issued a Level 3 State of Emergency due to Sevier County wildfires that have prompted evacuations in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and other areas.

The National Guard is being deployed to help efforts. Evacuations are underway in downtown Gatlinburg, Mynatt Park, Park Vista and Ski Mounty in Gatlinburg. Pigeon Forge's mayor also issued a mandatory evacuation Monday night for people in the area between The Spur and Traffic Light Number 8.

The wildfire is also at the edge of the Dollywood property, TEMA reported. WBIR reported Dollywood DreamMore Resort is being evacuated due to the fire. The station also reports that so far, no structures have been damaged and crews are on-site to protect the structures.

A command center has been established at Gatlinburg City Hall. TEMA officials are asking people to stay off their mobile devices unless it's for emergency calls, to prevent taxing the mobile system.

As of about 10:15 p.m., 30 structures were on fire in Gatlinburg, including a 16-story hotel on Regan Drive, and the Driftwood Apartments reported a fully-involved blaze near the Park Vista Hotel.

Several county schools are closed Tuesday due to the fires.

There are no reports of fatalities.

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