Yesterday in eastern Tennessee, a popular tourist region [Gatlinburg, TN], a massive wildfire broke out and then many other infernos did as well — and they quickly spread, destroying much property and forestland.
The fire grew to cover [and completely engulf] 500 acres of land [quite possibly a little more than just 500].
The fires forced people to evacuate Gatlinburg and the surrounding area.
Some people could not evacuate due to the inferno being right outside of their hotel. Here’s some footage from within the hotel.
The National Guard was sent in, last night, to assist the firefighters in taking on the massive infernos.
State troopers courageously march into the ‘pits of hell’.
The fire raged on into the night as citizens, residents, tourists, city officials, authorities, and everyone around FLED THE AREA.
The scenes in Gatlinburg, Tennessee were extremely frightening last night. Looked like Armageddon.
As the fires slowly DIED OUT, the carnage was easy to see…
When the scene was safe [enough], state troopers began to remove the debris from the roads…
A news reporter drove through the streets of Gatlinburg, the morning after the hellish fire engulfed the city…
More footage of the city after the infernos raged…
As you see in the three images above, total destruction…
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam issued this statement on Twitter.
Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander said that the fires are “heartbreaking news for the people of Sevier County and all who love the Smokies.” Senator Alexander also said, “My staff and I are working with Gov. Haslam and local officials to make certain that there is maximum federal support to help fight the fires and deal with the consequences of the fires.”
Overall, the fires completely eviscerated more than 150 properties, businesses, and homes. Roughly 14,000 [perhaps 15,000] evacuated Gatlinburg and the vicinity of Gatlinburg.
“In my 25 years of federal [park] service, I’ve participated in many fires, but none of that could have prepared me for this.”-Cassius Cash [superintendent of Great Smoky Mountain National Park]
The morning after, Gatlinburg Fire Chief Greg Miller was still going without any sleep and he addressed the media in a press conference.
“This is a fire for the history books. The likes of this has never been seen here. But the worst is definitely over with.”-Chief Greg Miller
There are still small bits of fire sparking up throughout the area, so firefighters from across the state are in route [and some are already there] to Gatlinburg, to assist in completely extingiushing the final flames. The US National Guard also will drop massive amounts of water on the flames.
The US National Guard has begun to fly over in Blackhawk helicopters and have begun to submerge the final flames in water.
“We’ve got guys still volunteering to come. Visibility was too low to fly this morning, but we should be flying soon.”-Captain Chris Poulopoulos [of the US National Guard]
Over a hundred US National Guardsmen bravely went out to the firestorm last night. And more National Guardsmen are on the way as I report this.
After the fires of last night, this morning is an eerie morning in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. The destruction is unprecedented. The carnage is UNIMAGINABLE.
[In the image above, a Gatlinburg restaurant is in utter ruins. Completely burnt to the ground by the vicious fires.]
[Utter ruins in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.]
A massive resort area, Westgate Resorts, was completely ERADICATED by the fires. The resorts, in all, were over 100 buildings — each building was completely turned into ashes [COMPLETELY DESTROYED] by the fires. Every single cabin in Black Bears Fall turned into dust due to the fires. Tourist attractions such as Hillbilly Golf, many hotels, along with numerous other properties were completely destroyed by the calamity. The fires burnt major parts of the city [Gatlinburg] to the ground.
Things may never be the same after this hellfire entrenched itself [for many hours last night] in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
[Above is an analysis of how much rainfall has hit an area since January 2016. And when you take a look at eastern Tennessee, it’s been a complete drought. Which is a HUGE REASON why the wildfire became so uncontrollable and so vicious (so quickly).]
A volunteer firefighter [of Newmansville, Tennessee], Lt. Bobby Balding said that “It’s the apocalypse on both sides [of downtown Gatlinburg].” That statement sums it up, folks. Gatlinburg was truly destroyed last night. Also, Orebank Assistant Fire Chief Bradley Collins said that the horrific fire was “devastating” to many people’s homes. Countless homes were burnt to the ground last night.
[The fire and embers turned the night sky into an orange, glowing, fiery hue.]
Roughly 150 homes outside of Gatlinburg [but near Gatlinburg] were swallowed up by the fires [and TOTALLY burned to the ground].
[Before and after the fires.]
[Before and after the fires.]
[Below, you see the leftovers of many properties in Gatlinburg … after the fires ‘sadistically’ ate it up.]
The Mayor of Sevier County Larry Waters seemed to be completely distraught, as everyone else [understandably and rightfully] was. Mayor Waters said that it will be extremely difficult to recover from the hellfire.
As you see, Mayor Waters announced that at least 3 people died due to the massive fires. Last night, no casualties were reported. Sadly, that’s changed [from what we know today]. There are also several victims [of the fire] hospitalized right now, and some of them are in critical condition. Please pray for the victims and the victims’ friends and family.
Thank you for your support!