Fire burns 60-80 acres in Gatlinburg area; no injuries or structural damage

GATLINBURG (WATE) – A brush fire in the Pittman Center area near Gatlinburg has grown to 60 to 80 acres, according to the fire chief, and is 10 percent contained.

Around 20 fire departments and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency on the scene dealing with the flames near Branam Hollow Road. Bulldozers have been brought in because the fire is coming close to the Cobbly Nob area.

There are no reports of injuries or damage to structures and there are no evacuations in place due to the fire.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park says all visitors’ centers and most roads are currently closed due to a wind event and multiple downed trees. US Hwy 441/Newfound Gap Rd from Gatlinburg to Cherokee, North Carolina is temporarily closed due to high winds.

A shelter was also set up in Pigeon Forge for anyone impacted by high winds and power outages.

WATE 6 Storm Team Meteorologist Ken Weathers said there is a high wind warning that remains in place through this evening. He says expect winds of more than 60 miles per hour.

 

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