The Gatlinburg Fires
Photo of Chimney Tops II
On November 28, fires broke out in Gatlinburg surrounding area's. These wildfires were the result of a chain of events which began with an already burning wildfire in the Chimney tops area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. A severe drought which is the worst in a decade, coupled with high winds, which had gusts recorded as high as 87 MPH, caused the Chimney tops area wildfires to traverse into the Gatlinburg and Cobbly Nob area's and even parts of Pigeon Forge were hit with fires due to the high winds. In addition, the high winds brought down power lines, tree's and all of these events combined to make a very devastating event for this quiet little mountain area.
Due to the speed with which these fires started and spread throughout the entire area, evacuations were ordered for Gatlinburg, Cobbly Nob, Pinnacle Vista and Parts of Pigeon Forge. Although most of these fires have now been extinguished or at least brought under control although there are several fires still in progress around the Cobbly Nob area. During the official press conference by Gatlinburg and National Park officials earlier today, if was announced that there were still 14 separate fires burning which crews were battling to get under control and contained.
All owners who have cabins with Pioneer Vacation Rentals, please bear with us and as soon as we can physically see each of the properties we will be contacting the cabin owners to notify them about the state and overall condition of their cabin. If you own a cabin in the Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg or the Cobbly Nob/Pinnacle Vista area and are not on the rental program with Pioneer Vacation Rentals but would like to have someone check your cabin and notify you about it's state or condition, please contact Pioneer Vacation Rentals and we will do our best to assist in any way we can as soon as we can.
Thank you to everyone for your thoughts, prayers and support. It is greatly appreciated.