Pigeon Forge Wildfire Update

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee—Nov. 29, 2016—As a result of the wildfires on Monday, Nov. 28, Pigeon Forge has multiple active brush fires at this time. Crews are on the ground working to extinguish and contain them.

In the city of Pigeon Forge, nine residential structures have been destroyed by fire.

Due to downed power lines, there are areas that the Pigeon Forge Fire Department has been unable to access. Firefighters are working with the local electric department to manage this situation.

In addition to local firefighters, outside resources are being put into place throughout the area.

Approximately 125 people are displaced and remain in local emergency shelters in Pigeon Forge.

Approximately 100 firefighters from 15 additional stations throughout East Tennessee are assisting the efforts.

Tennessee Emergency Management Association officials are currently on site in Pigeon Forge to support local officials.

The American Red Cross makes available the website Safeandwell.communityos.org for communication between those affected by disasters. Those wanting to locate a friend or loved one or anyone wanting to check-in as safe may visit this site for updates.

Ways to aid in disaster relief can be found by visiting redcross.org/donate. To donate by check or to this specific cause, complete this donation form by printing and mailing to the American Red Cross, PO Box 37839, Boone, IA 50037-0839. To volunteer with the American Red Cross, particularly after the evacuation and during the wildfire recovery, visit redcross.org/volunteers.

Donations are being accepted at the Pigeon Forge Fire Hall Station 1 in Pigeon Forge.

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Trish McGee

865-654-6242

tmcgee@bohanideas.com