KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Evacuation orders that had been announced for Sevier County early Thursday morning have been lifted, according to the Sevier County Emergency Management Agency and the City of Gatlinburg. The city overnight rescinded the mandatory evacuation in the Ownby Hills & Hidden Hills areas in Gatlinburg since the fire in these areas has been extinguished. The Gatlinburg Convention Center shelter has also closed.
“The City is grateful for its first responders from the Gatlinburg Police Department, the Gatlinburg Fire Department, and other outside agencies which responded to the fire,” Gatlinburg City Manager Cindy Cameron Ogle said. “We are also thankful no structures were destroyed and no one was injured and that everyone heeded the evacuation orders.”
The agency had issued a mandatory evacuation for the Sky Harbor Community between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge around 1:40 a.m. The city of Gatlinburg had also issued a mandatory evacuation for two neighborhoods after a brush fire ignited before midnight Wednesday.
According to a release from the city, downed power lines had set the a one-acre fire in the areas of Ownby Hills and Hidden Hills.
An emergency shelter has been established at the Gatlinburg Convention Center, 234 Historic Nature Trail – which is now closed as of 4:30 a.m. Thursday.
According to the Sevier County Emergency Management Agency, the Red Cross was asking people who are planning on going to an evacuation center, either at the Pigeon Forge Community Center or the Gatlinburg American Legion Building, to bring bedding – such as pillows – and prescribed medications with them to help make their stay more comfortable.
The Seymour Heights Christian Church, 122 Boyds Creek Highway, is open to anyone displaced by the fire as well. There is a third evacuation shelter at the Pigeon Forge Community Center, 170 Community Center Road.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been updated.