Sevier County fire 100% contained
An evacuation was ordered for anyone within two miles from Parkside Resort in Pigeon Forge due to a fast-moving brush fire, according to officials with the Sevier County Dispatch.
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.
The fire was 30 to 40 acres and was 100% contained by Friday afternoon.
Deputies with the Sevier County Sheriff’s 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. Officials later said that they believed the structure fire was later a separate fire, not related to the Pine Mountain Fire. The cause of the structure and brush fire were not known as of Thursday night, according to deputies.
Sevier County dispatch told WVLT News that there was a two-mile evacuation from Parkside Resort near Little Cove Road and Pine Mountain Road.
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.
“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.
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.
“If it keeps going, we already know we’ll be here as long as we need,” Pigeon Forge Fire Chief Tony Watson said. “It could be 1 to 3 o’clock right, could be all night. But we will be back tomorrow and monitoring that closely, but we’ll be back up here tomorrow at 10 o’clock tomorrow but as long as this rain keeps falling we might be able to get a little sleep tonight.”
A temporary shelter is set up at the Pigeon Forge Community Center at 170 Community Center Drive.
This is a developing story.
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