Pigeon Forge wildfire prompts evacuations

Pigeon Forge wildfire prompts evacuations

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The fire started near Walker Trail in Pigeon Forge around 2 p.m. Sunday. The fire started near Walker Trail in Pigeon Forge around 2 p.m. Sunday.
Watson says about 80 firefighters worked several hours trying to contain the fire. Watson says about 80 firefighters worked several hours trying to contain the fire.

By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter

PIGEON FORGE (WATE) - More than 100 people battled wind and flames, as a wildfire burned across 50 acres in Sevier County.

The fire started near Walker Trail in Pigeon Forge around 2 p.m. Sunday.

Pigeon Forge Fire Department Chief Tony Watson says about a dozen homes were threatened.

"It grew very rapidly. That wind blowing very very rapidly and gusting huge amounts like that, we had our hands full right away," Watson said.

Watson says about 80 firefighters worked several hours trying to contain the fire.
 
"When I got up there, those conditions were terrible. We're talking about flames 20 feet in the air, we're talking about smoke conditions so high that I couldn't see the roadway," Watson said.

Four people were evacuated, others were told to stay inside because it was too dangerous to leave.

"When I first arrived we had fire blowing across the road so bad that you couldn't see to get across the road," Watson said.

"It actually scared me to death, like I said there's small fires everywhere and of course the wind is blowing like crazy," Pigeon Forge resident Ron Brewer said.

Small fires burned just feet away from Brewer's home.

"You never think that it's going to be this close to you, but sometimes it is," Brewer said.

Watson says the fire was fully contained by 9 p.m. Sunday, making it possible for Brewer's family to come home.

"This is a huge relief. This is your home, this is your life so you don't want it to be burned down. I guess you just thank all these firefighters and these forestry guys that work so hard to protect these homes," Brewer said.

No injuries or major structure damage was reported. The cause of the fire is not known.

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