This historic wedding chapel burnt to the ground. #PrayingforGatlinburg
The historic Gatlinburg wedding chapel burnt to the ground.

Gatlinburg Fires

 

 Gatlinburg Fires

 

The entire family was shocked to hear about the wildfires sweeping through our favorite Smokey Mountain towns of Gatlinburg and nearby Pigeon Forge. Only a few days ago we were talking about returning to that picturesque corner of America, but the extreme drought conditions and insane winds and fires made the area a prime target for uncontrollable wildfires.

 

News about the Gatlinburg Fires

Friends on Facebook are passing around information on what is happening in that mountainous corner of Tennessee, but the major news outlets (AOL cough cough) seem to have buried the story. So far four people have died, but others are still missing.  150 buildings burned down, with 400 suffering damage. An estimated 15,000 acres of the Great Smokey Mountains National Park was caught up in this fire, the biggest wildfire in 100 years of Tennessee history.  I read last night at least 70 homes in Wears Valley burned down- and the fire was reaching the Dollywood cabins. That is a really big fire! There were mandatory evacuations for the entire town of Gatlinburg and in parts of Pigeon Forge. (Evacuations have been lifted from Pigeon Forge at this time). I am wondering how many hikers were on the 70 mile Appalachian Trail stretch through the Great Smokey Mountains National Park- and hope they escaped to safety.
Here’s a link to the Weather Channel on exactly was is happening in Gatlinburg: https://weather.com/news/news/tennessee-gatlinburg-pigeon-forge-fire

 

Who Started the Gatlinburg Fire?

 

Gatlinburg Fire Relief

Can you help?

The businesses in the area are accepting donations monetary/food/water. You can check out detailed information at The Tennessean news website: http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/crime/2016/11/29/gatlintburg-pigeon-forge-fires-how-help/94592030

And also on the Channel 9 news page: http://www.9news.com/news/how-to-help-gatlinburg-pigeon-forge-fire-evacuees/358322920

It is understandable that not everyone is able to send money/make donations, but passing on this information may get it to those that can, so thank you for sharing.

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