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HIGH WINDS FUEL MULTI ACRE FIRE NEAR GATLINBURG, 11000 WITHOUT POWER AT ONE POINT

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High winds continue to cause major issues in Sevier County and across east Tennessee. High winds helped fuel a multi acre fire near Gatlinburg this afternoon. Fire crews from Sevier County and the surrounding area were called in to help battle the blaze in the Gatlinburg/Pittman area. Authorities said the fire was located at East Parkway and Branam Hollow Road. High winds caused many trees to go down in Sevier County. Much of the Smoky Mountains recorded wind gusts in excess of 70 miles per hour and as high as near 100 miles per hour. At Camp LeConte, near Gatlinburg-Pittman High School, large trees landed on several tents and cabins. The camp’s owner said no one was hurt but she believed all of their Safari tents were impacted. Nearly 11,000 residents were without power in Sevier County as a result. The winds are expected to taper off this evening and be replaced with much needed rainfall to aid firefighters.

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