Pigeon Forge Wildfire Update

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (Nov. 29, 2016)—Firefighters continue to battle wildfires in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Approximately 500 people evacuated on Monday evening and took shelter in Pigeon Forge facilities. At this time, 75 people remain in the shelter. The Red Cross is assisting those who were displaced.

According to Pigeon Forge Fire Chief Tony Watson, there are multiple active fires in Pigeon Forge that crews are working to contain.  Power outages continue in various areas of the city. At daybreak, emergency crews began a damage assessment of the area.

More than 100 firefighters from 15 additional stations throughout East Tennessee are battling the blazes.

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.

Donations are being accepted at the Pigeon Forge Fire Hall Station 1 at 3229 Rena Street in Pigeon Forge.