PIGEON FORGE (WATE) - Firefighters remained on the scene Tuesday night where a fire burned dozens of mountainside cabins near Pigeon Forge.
It took nearly 48 hours to get the fire at Black Bear Resort completely under control. Crews from Walden's Creek Volunteer Fire, which oversees the area, remained there Tuesday to comb the area and make sure there was no possibility flames would start up again.
"Double checking to make sure everything's out," explained Chief Tim Baker.
More than 60 cabins and 200 acres in the resort and nearby properties were destroyed in the fire.
Tennessee Emergency Management Agency officials report that even though there are no immediate needs for a response, the state will remain at a Level 3 state of emergency.
News of Sunday's fire traveled across the country. Cabin owners like Denise Perz rushed down from Michigan to see the damage.
"It really freaked me out. I was glued to the Internet going from station to station trying to get information," Perz said.
When she was finally allowed to see the area Tuesday she found her cabin miraculously untouched, even though the two next to it had burned to the ground.
Most of the people who have property at Black Bear now wonder how soon it will be before the area is back in order.
After all, the busy summer tourist season is just around the corner.
"This is a vacation rental home that we rent out. We would not be able to afford the payments unless we rented it," Perz said.