Up In Smoke

@clrumfelt (5424)
United States
November 29, 2016 6:24pm CST
My hubby and I stayed for a few days in the Great Smokies a couple weeks back, and today it is mostly burned down by forest fires. Pigeon Forge and Gatinburg are going up in smoke as I write this. I don't know if the hotel where we stayed has survived or not, but they are evacuating everyone they possibly can from the area.
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@JolietJake (51149)
• United States
30 Nov 16
A friend from Pigeon Forge is staying up here in Olney for the next week because of the fires...
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@clrumfelt (5424)
• United States
1 Dec 16
Over 100 homes have burned there. I hope your friends wasn't one of them.
• United States
3 Dec 16
thankfully the fires've been put out (with some much needed help from mother nature) now. many places that used to be my ol' stompin' grounds're gone, unable to withstand the fury. i'm relieved'n surprised that more folks didn't meet a horrible fate 'fter watchin' videos some'd taken'n posted 'f 'em tryin' to get out. my heart goes out to the critters though. bein' burnt 'live 'r 'f smoke inhalation 'tis plum awful. those that survived 'n now're homeless 'n without their winter caches, with no other food sources 'vailable, too.
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@clrumfelt (5424)
• United States
6 Dec 16
Most of the attractions on the main road survived, but 1700 structures including businesses and homes were destroyed in the outlying areas. Lots of devastation.
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• United States
6 Dec 16
@clrumfelt yes ma'am, that's what the kinfolk down that way said :(
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@Happy2BeMe (74744)
• Canada
30 Nov 16
It is very sad and devastating
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@clrumfelt (5424)
• United States
1 Dec 16
I can't even imagine what they are going through there.
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@Happy2BeMe (74744)
• Canada
1 Dec 16
@clrumfelt no it is hard to imagine
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@marlina (73885)
• Canada
30 Nov 16
So many fires this year, it is so sad.
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@clrumfelt (5424)
• United States
1 Dec 16
Because of the drought.
@allen0187 (33125)
• Philippines
30 Nov 16
Heard about the situation in Gatinburg. Very sad.
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@clrumfelt (5424)
• United States
1 Dec 16
I has made all the national news. It's one of the most visited tourist areas in the USA.
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@AutumnSnow (4584)
30 Nov 16
I've watched the new I can't believe this is happening such a beautiful area being destroyed. My husband have sisters that live in Tennessee I hope they are ok.
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@clrumfelt (5424)
• United States
1 Dec 16
They showed on the news the main strip of shops and tourist attractions of Gatlinburg are mostly intact, but many of the surrounding homes and businesses have been burned.
@Shellyann36 (9556)
• United States
13 Dec 16
So many people lost everything. It is so sad.
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@paigea (22197)
• Canada
1 Dec 16
How devastating for those people.
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