Firefighters battle 3 blazes in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Firefighters battle 3 blazes in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

April 29th, 2009 by Associated Press in Local - Breaking News

GATLINBURG, Tenn. - Firefighters are working to contain three wildfires in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The popular Laurel Falls Trail near Gatlinburg was closed Tuesday after a fire apparently started by an illegal campfire was burning through at least 100 acres. An air tanker was being used to dump water and fire retardant.

On the North Carolina side of the park, firefighters were working with the Bureau of Indian Affairs to contain a blaze that began on the Qualla Boundary Reservation near Cherokee. Only a small part of that 1,500-acre fire was inside the park.

Several local fire departments also responded to fire in the Cobbly Knob community that burned up to the Foothills Parkway east of Gatlinburg.