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Tennessee Wildfire Information

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Red Cross Responds to Tennessee Wildfires

The massive wildfire that affected hundreds of homes and businesses in and around Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee sprung out of control very quickly, forcing some residents to literally run for their lives. The American Red Cross is there helping as residents cope with the devastating situation.

Red Cross disaster workers are providing shelter, food, health and mental health services and assisting with damage assessment throughout the affected area. They are offering a shoulder to lean on as people talk about how they escaped the flames.

To date, the Red Cross has served more than 31,300 meals and snacks to community members and first responders. Red Cross volunteers are also distributing safety information, and comfort and clean up kits, which include toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap and washclothes, rakes, shovels, buckets, and workgloves, as well as sifters for people clearing through the rubble to identify charred possessions.

Red Cross disaster teams will continue to assess community needs to provide impacted residents with the resources they need on the road to recovery.

The Red Cross works with government and non-profit partners to develop community recovery strategies and plans together as a group. For additional resources, please visit:


Wildfires have damaged or destroyed hundreds of homes and structures in Gatlinburg and surrounding areas in Sevier County.


A photo taken by Red Cross Volunteer Bob Wallace of the wildfire damage in Gatlinburg.


The Red Cross will be in Sevier County as long as we're needed, assisting those displaced from their homes, feeding firefighters, and providing other disaster relief services.


The Fenleys are visiting Gatlinburg from Griffin Circle, Georgia. “We’ve come up here for 21 years,” shared Patricia. But this time, their chalet was directly in the path of a wildfire.

We got out safe, and everyone here has gone out of their way to take care of us,” said Rev. Fenley, who went on to say that his congregation back in Georgia is praying for them.


University of Tennessee football quarterback Joshua Dobbs, along with cheerleaders Sierra Williams and Maria Brinias, and Red Crosser Sarah Basel, listen to Red Cross shelter resident Scott Young, as he describes the ordeal he and his wife experienced escaping from wildfires that destroyed their Gatlinburg home.

“Forty years of our life is gone,” said Scott.


Thanks to all of you who called to donate yesterday. We raised more than $270,000 during the Call to Action for Disaster Relief telethon!

Special thanks to WATE 6 On Your Side, WBIR Channel 10, FOX 43, and WVLT Local 8 for their help with yesterday's telethon.

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