published Monday, January 27th, 2014

Brush fire forces evacuation in Pigeon Forge

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. — Authorities say a brush fire on the outskirts of Pigeon Forge has forced the evacuation of at least 20 cabins and homes.

Lt. Kevin Nunn with the Pigeon Forge Fire Department said the fire started around 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

He said most of the evacuations involved cabins and that the fire had not reached any of the structures.

Nunn said the fire was at one point being driven by winds of up to 30 mph, but later said the winds had decreased and that firefighters were "getting a handle" on the blaze.

"They've got ... better control than they had," he said. "They are feeling a lot more positive about it."

Nunn said the fire was not a threat to Dollywood theme park, which is to the east of the blaze.

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