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Pigeon Forge, Tennessee - March 17 - 18, 2013
1. Various night aerials of wildfire
2. Wide of night traffic near wildfire
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Mike Brubaker/ Tourist
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Shannon McCostlin/ Volunteer:
5. Mid of night shot of trees with light of fire in background
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Patricia Galyon/ Property Owner:
7. Various night aerials of wildfire
A WILDFIRE BURNING IN A RESORT AREA OF EASTERN TENNESSEE'S GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS HAS DESTROYED MORE THAN 30 CABINS SINCE SUNDAY EVENING.
OVER 150 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN EVACUATED FROM THE AREA NEAR THE MASSIVE FIRE THAT SPANS 145-ACRES. TOURISTS AND LOCALS ARE HOPING THEIR LOVED ONES GET OUT IN TIME.
Soundbite: Mike Brubaker/ Tourist
My Stepfather and my oldest son is up there. You're kind of worried, you know. You assume they're okay and you hope that everything will be okay and you hope they don't end up getting evacuated because I am sure they'll little nervous.
Soundbite: Shannon McCostlin/ Volunteer
It looks like someone went through there and dropped a bomb on the place. There's LP gas tanks flying everywhere, they're bombs, it's in bad shape. I feel bad for them people.// Yeah, we've been helping people get their personal belongings out of their house, anything valuable to them that means a lot. Because once you lose it, you don't get it back.
PATRICIA GALYON OWNS MORE THAN 100 - ACRES IN THE PATH OF THE FIRE AND SAYS SHE'S UNSURE IF HER PROPERTY IS SAFE.
Soundbite: Patricia Galyon/ Property Owner
I just don't know if it's any of our property or not and then some of our friends live up that way, and I am just concerned about them.
THE AREA IS ALSO HOME TO DOLLY PARTON'S THEME PARK, DOLLYWOOD, BUT OFFICIALS SAY THE SITE WAS NOT THREATENED BY THE FIRE.
FIRE OFFICIALS SAY THE FIRE IS NOW CONTAINED AND NOT EXPECTED TO SPREAD.