As of late Monday evening, the Gatlinburg fire had consumed approximately 30 structures, including a 16-story hotel on Regan Drive.
Additionally, the Driftwood Apartments near the Park Vista Hotel were reported as being a “fully-involved” fire.
Sevier County and Gatlinburg officials have estabished an emergency operations command center at the Gatlinburg City Hall.
According to Tri-Cities Weather & Alert Crew, “There are reports of downed power lines and trees…”
Also in danger is the 150-acre Dollywood Amusement Park, a theme park owned in-part by country music icon and actress Dolly Parton.
The park was evacuated earlier today and the wildfire is now at the edge of the property.
Earlier Monday evening, Heather Fincher, wife of a Gatlinburg first responder posted an update regarding the situation in the downtown tourism community:
“Gatlinburg is completely on fire. Everything. Last time I talked to him he was sitting watching as his station was about to burn. He was watching people sit outside their houses as they watched them burn down just sobbing. People are trapped in their houses and rescue very well may not be able to get to them. And that’s not from a lack of trying. His words to me tonight were they have called EVERY body they know to call in and they are LOSING. He is tired. They all are sooo tired. If you are in Gatlinburg and not leaving by choice, stop. Leave. You are putting every emergency personnel lives in danger by staying. I haven’t heard from Damian in a bit. Please keep them in your prayers.”
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