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^ im hearing different, apparently fire fighters are on site guarding the park. NBC Nightly News is reporting.

They have actually been on site for a few hours.. protecting things but nothing was on fire at that time. I still believe everything is outside the park

 

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According to NBC Nightly News, the fire is on upper Middle Creek Ridge, which would put it close to the County Fair and Lightning Rod if I'm looking at the map right.

 

 

Doing a twitter search, A guy posted photos claiming he was at the golf course on Dollywood Ln. He did say the rain was starting to fall pretty hard though.

 

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Update: Pete Owens said that no structures in the park are on fire and that firefighters are still on standby. He did confirm that fire is on Middle Creek Ridge:

 

http://www.wbir.com/news/local/fire-close-to-dollywood-dreammore-resort-cabins-evacuated/357499792

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The first round of rain tonight produced only about 0.10"-0.15" of accumulation, which really isn't all that much. In the short term (i.e. the next couple hours) I doubt that's going to help that much.

 

The next batch of rain is still an hour or two away from Gatlinburg / Pigeon Forge, but it will be heavier and could have a greater impact, especially as the winds start to die off.

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Astonishing that this area is having major forest fires - when most of the Western forests are done with fire season this late in the year. The Appalachian forest has occasional fires but very infrequent compared to California, the Rockies, the Cascades, etc.

 

The "Smoky" mountains have more types of trees and flowering plants than most of Europe. For temperate forests it is a hotspot of biodiversity.

 

I hope the DW drop tower will pause for a bit at the top, since the view of the Smokies (without smoke) should be spectacular. Will it be a design where the seats rotate on the way up so passengers get to look in all directions? (similar to the drop tower at Kings Island)

 

Glad the region is getting some rain!

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Rain overnight in Sevier County produced another few tenths of an inch of accumulation, and there's one last batch of rain yet to go through. Rainfall totals are probably going to end up around 0.40"-0.60" in the Gatlinburg area. Wind speeds have diminished significantly as was forecast, and the smoke plume isn't as obvious on weather radar anymore. Hopefully this adds up to some good news, but the morning light is not going to be forgiving.

 

Not seeing a ton of detail about the current status of things, but some info in an early-morning recap from the Knoxville News Sentinel:

Hillbilly Golf, Arrowmont Arts and Crafts School, major hotels, a good portion of Regan Drive and countless other businesses and homes have been destroyed in a blaze that has firefighters continuing their efforts overnight.

 

"The center of Gatlinburg looks good for now," said Newmansville Volunteer Fire Department Lt. Bobby Balding. "It's the apocalypse on both sides (of downtown)."

 

Hillbilly Golf is right next to the Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster, just north of downtown Gatlinburg.

 

Reports are that the Ripley's Aquarium has so far made it through OK. Not seeing anything new on Dollywood, which is probably good news.

 

Regardless of the details with respect to the tourist attractions, tons of people have lost their homes and livelihoods, especially on the various hillside communities around Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.

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Not sure.. I know the area around the space needle is one of the areas unhurt on the strip (close to where you get on the sky lift) last news I heard about the aquarium was that the fire was 25 yards from it and everything was on internal life support but running fine and that the animals can live on their own for a while as long as the building doesn't catch fire.. it is built like a bunker.. if the generators go out, they have 24 hours.. I frequent the aquarium a lot.. I'd be willing to bet the sky lift is majorly hurt..

 

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^ Just heard that Ripleys has been evacuated.

Yes several hours ago it was evacuated but for smoke.. I know the aquarium is getting a lot of bad press for not trying to save animals but they are much safer inside.. the aquarium is built to run by itself as long as it's generators work..

 

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^ Just heard that Ripleys has been evacuated.

Yes several hours ago it was evacuated but for smoke.. I know the aquarium is getting a lot of bad press for not trying to save animals but they are much safer inside.. the aquarium is built to run by itself as long as it's generators work..

 

 

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Ah ok. My local news presented it as if it just happened.

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This is extremely bad. The initial eyewitness reports for Gatlinburg are not good.

 

as I typed this:

EDIT AGAIN: Ober Gatlinburg at least is standing on the mountain from their facebook page.

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When I first heard about the fires, it was about two weeks ago, in South Carolina. I almost immediately thought about Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg. It scares me and makes me pray for the people in town and for their safety, since it is a tourist-y area. Hearing about the lost hotels and buildings....and now Dollywood's being threatened...

 

Prayers for everyone out there to stay safe.

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God this ####ing sucks. Could this year please stop ####ing dumping on us?

 

Ober Gatlinburg is a huge loss, and even smaller things like Hillbilly Golf are a huge deal to lose. Hillbilly Golf actually looked amazing, and was very unique. That is something that can't be rebuilt. As always with a lot of this stuff, it can be "rebuilt" but it will never be quite the same. They were already dealing with conflicting visions for the town and architectural clashes. Losing Arrowmont is a huge blow to the "old" Gatlinburg.

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