As a massive wildfire spread across the Tennessee resort towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, social media users around the region captured some incredible images of the incoming fire and its aftermath.
No deaths were reported from the fires that raged over Monday night, but there were some burn-related injuries, authorities said.
See some of the powerful images below.
Photos of fire currently burning along Dollywood Lane in Pigeon Forge pic.twitter.com/tcLqHKCxQW
— Darren Reese (@GSunDarrenReese) November 29, 2016
The GM from Ripley's Aquarium in downtown Gatlinburg shared this photo showing fire near the popular attraction https://t.co/YdybYadNoY pic.twitter.com/QaHjGk3DZo
— WBIR Channel 10 (@wbir) November 29, 2016
Just sent to me Wedding Chapel in Gatlinburg pic.twitter.com/JYZMiibs3R
— Beau James (@kingofkingsport) November 29, 2016
Fires burn near the entrance of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Pigeon Forge. https://t.co/Zzrra1v43l pic.twitter.com/2ldsXL7ylX
— Brianna Paciorka (@bpaciorka) November 29, 2016
Park Closes Roads and Trails due to Chimney 2 Fire Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials have closed Newfound Gap Road, Cherokee Orchard Road, Elkmont Road, and several trails due to the Chimney 2 Fire. The fire has grown to approximately 500 acres in size overnight due to extreme, sustained winds over 20 mph. National Park Service fire crews are focusing on suppression efforts to ensure public safety and protect park facilities at locations such as Chimneys Picnic Area. The fire is currently moving northeast, burning primarily along the ground layer through duff and leaf litter. Gusting winds have caused the fire to spot across the ridges in the Chimney Tops and Bullhead Ridge areas. On Sunday, November 27, three helicopters dropped water throughout the area to help suppress the fire over the extremely steep, rough terrain. Additional ground firefighters were also requested to help with suppression efforts in anticipation of predicted winds for Monday afternoon. Backcountry areas are unsafe for travel and the following trails and backcountry campsites are currently closed until further notice. Closed Backcountry Trails include Chimney Tops, Road Prong, Huskey Gap, Sugarland Mountain, Rough Creek, Little River, Cucumber Gap, Jakes Creek, Miry Ridge, Goshen Prong, Old Sugarlands, Bullhead, Rainbow Falls, Alum Cave, Brushy Mountain, Trillium Gap, Baskins Creek, Porters Creek, and Grapeyard Ridge trails. Closed Backcountry Campsites include 21, 23, 24, 26, 27, 30, 31, 32, Mt. Le Conte shelter, and Mt. Collins shelter. The cause of the fire near Chimney Tops appears to be human caused and is under investigation. If anyone has information regarding the origin of this fire, or other fires in the park, please call the park’s Tip Line at 865-436-1580.
A photo posted by Great Smoky Mountains NP (@greatsmokynps) on Nov 28, 2016 at 8:44am PST
Park Fire Update Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials reported additional fire activity including the Park Headquarters area and a spot fire between Elkmont and Newfound Gap Road off of the Sugarland Mountain Trail approximately 1 mile south of the Husky Gap Trail intersection. The park has closed the Gatlinburg Bypass and Little River Road from Sugarlands Visitor Center to Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area due to fire activity and downed trees. The park has evacuated employees from the Elkmont and Park Headquarters housing areas. Due to continued erratic winds, the fires are very unpredictable and more fire growth is expected. Wind conditions continue to worsen with 40 mph average winds being recorded and 74 mph gusts.
A photo posted by Great Smoky Mountains NP (@greatsmokynps) on Nov 28, 2016 at 4:40pm PST
Lots of destruction in downtown Gatlinburg from fires. @knoxnews @KNSWatchfulEye pic.twitter.com/4jf6AL0nNz
— Michael Patrick (@michaelpix) November 29, 2016
Sharon Pinyan, leaving Gatlinburg, reports… “Evacuated Gatlinburg. A car behind us caught on fire due to the flames jumping the road.” pic.twitter.com/qislDoxpl0
— James Spann (@spann) November 29, 2016
Please pray for the mountains of East Tennessee, the wildfires are so bad we are calling in the national guard. We need rain and lots of it! pic.twitter.com/g7WeHikWQu
— KMAC (@KalaKitts2) November 29, 2016
I'm in Gatlinburg this morning. Will post pictures and videos throughout the day. Many roadways, including the Spur, are closed. pic.twitter.com/TWKKV8kxqd
— Mark Nagi (@MarkNagiTDOT) November 29, 2016
Troopers walked into areas of Gatlinburg, Tn that were surrounded by fire to remove those who were trapped by flames. pic.twitter.com/9r2lkAVy19
— TN Highway Patrol (@TNHighwayPatrol) November 29, 2016
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