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Wildfire burns outside Great Smoky Mountains

3 years 10 months 4 days ago March 18, 2013 Mar 18, 2013 Monday, March 18 2013 March 18, 2013 7:20 AM in News
Source: Associated Press

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. - A wildfire burning in a resort area outside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has destroyed more than 30 large rental cabins.

Ben Bryson, a fire resources coordinator with the Tennessee Division of Forestry, says the 145-acre fire was first reported Sunday evening in Sevier County.

Bryson says two National Guard helicopters are being dispatched to help fight the fire, which has been contained and isn't expected to spread.

Bryson says some of the cabins were occupied and about 150 to 200 people were evacuated, but no injuries were reported.

The area is home country star Dolly Parton's Dollywood theme park, which Bryson says is not being threatened by the fire.

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