The Wildfires of Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains

On November 28, 2016 fire broke out in Gatlinburg surrounding areas. These Gatlinburg fires were the result of a chain of events. They began with an already burning wildfire in the Chimney tops area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. A severe drought was the worst in a decade. It was coupled with high winds, which had gusts recorded as high as 87 MPH. This caused the Chimney tops area wildfires to traverse into the Gatlinburg and Cobbly Nob area’s. Even parts of Pigeon Forge were hit with fires due to the high winds. In addition, the high winds brought down power lines and trees. All of these events combined to make a very devastating event for this quiet little mountain area.

Current Status

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. Most of these fires have now been extinguished or at least brought under control. 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. Crews were battling to get under control and contained.

Cabin Owners

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.

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