Fire crews say Pigeon Forge cabin fire is fully contained

Fire crews say Pigeon Forge cabin fire is fully contained

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Firefighters were helped in putting out the fire by heavy rain that fell Monday afternoon and evening. Firefighters were helped in putting out the fire by heavy rain that fell Monday afternoon and evening.
Some families were relocated to Kingwood Inn in Gatlinburg. Some families were relocated to Kingwood Inn in Gatlinburg.
Some areas were still burning Tuesday, but firefighters said they had the fire completely contained. Some areas were still burning Tuesday, but firefighters said they had the fire completely contained.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

PIGEON FORGE (WATE) - The massive fire that burned dozens of mountainside rental cabins near Pigeon Forge is still burning, but firefighters say they expect to put it out on Tuesday.

"We have the fire 100% contained, and we are calling it 80% controlled," said state forestry spokesperson Tim Phelps, "Really what that mean it's not 100% controlled until it's completely out."

About five acres were still burning early Tuesday morning. By 9 a.m. only a few hot spots remained.

Firefighters received some help putting out the fire by heavy rain that fell Monday afternoon and evening, but a few hot spots still remained at sunrise Tuesday.

"There is still a lot of dead material out there that is still burning," said Phelps.

Fire officials are still trying to find out what caused this fire.

"It's still undetermined," said Sevier County EMA director John Mathews. "The fire investigator is currently working the situation. We do know what cabins it started. There are two cabins adjacent to one another that were basically the domino effect that started all this."

More than 60 cabins and 200 acres in Black Bear Ridge Resort and nearby properties were burned in the fire. It apparently started Sunday afternoon on the deck of one cabin in the resort.

Fire crews will remain on the scene for the next few days. The state forestry department will have the largest group with about 20 people.

Several families were displaced by the fire. Some of them were relocated to the Kingwood Inn in Gatlinburg.

Displaced residents will be allowed to return to the their properties with an escort. They need to call first to arrange an escort.

Officials ask residents to call (865) 257-3263, (865) 257-3264, or (865) 257-3265.

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