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Pigeon Forge Wildfire

Updated: Monday, March 18 2013, 03:32 PM EDT
UPDATE, 3:30pm, 03/18/2013:
The National Guard says the fire is currently contained, but not controlled.

The national guard will fly in two helicopters today to help battle a massive wildfire that has damaged more than 35 cabins in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

The blaze has led about 150 people to evacuate.

It's one of nearly half a dozen brush fires over the past several days that's already torched more than 200 acres.

Sunday's fast-moving fire caught both visitors and locals off guard.
Patricia Gaylon, property owner, "I just don't know if it's any of our property or not. Some of our friends live up that way and I was just concerned about them."

Chief Tony Watson, Pigeon Forge Fire, "it's a huge fire. A large amount of resources are up here. It's been rough. It's been the roughest I've ever seen it. These houses are put close together, and the first portion of this started out as a house fire. It led to several just next to it just catching on fire."

On Saturday, some of the same firefighters battled a much smaller brush fire at the nearby Dollywood theme park.

Across the country, crews are battling more wildfires.

In Florida on Sunday, smoke from a forest fire mixed with fog to cause numerous  traffic accidents on I-95.

Saturday in South Carolina, a brush fire destroyed more than 100 homes near Myrle Beach.

And in Colorado on Friday, fierce winds helped fuel a wildfire at a state park near Fort Collins forcing hundreds of evacuations.

The wildfire season off to an early, and dangerous, start.Pigeon Forge Wildfire


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