Disaster struck neighboring Sevier County on Monday, when high winds blew embers from a wildfire at Chimney Tops all over the county. Three people are dead, many others are injured and the loss of property is devastating. Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge were both evacuated, although Pigeon Forge rescinded its evacuation order yesterday. At a press conference yesterday afternoon Governor Haslam said it is the worst fire in the state in 100 years.
As of yesterday, Laura and Stew had word that their cabins Cozy Creek and Sunset Ridge were still standing, but have no information on Mountain Springs Chalet and Buckberry Chalet. They are both in Gatlinburg's Chalet Village, which suffered damage due to the fires. The fires were still burning last night, but we have had heavy rain overnight and today. Our thoughts and prayers are with our neighbors in Sevier County.