Sevier County fire near Pittman Center under investigation

5 p.m.

Nathan Waters from the Division of Forestry says the Branam Hollow fire is out. The cause is still under investigation.


10:15 a.m.

A spokesperson with Sevier County says a fire at Branam Hollow Road, east of the Pittman Center remains 100 percent contained and is estimated to be over 80 acres.

“There may be smoldering debris within the fire lines. There are no new reports of injuries or damage to structures,” said Perrin Anderson a spokesperson for Sevier County.

Anderson said the cause of the fire is undetermined and remains under investigation. The Sevier County Electric System will work throughout the weekend to continue restoring power. Residents can call the Tennessee Baptist Disaster Relief at (615) 969-0410 for assistance with private property cleanup from tree damage to buildings and driveways.


GATLINBURG (WATE) – A brush fire in the Pittman Center area near Gatlinburg is 100 percent contained after growing to 60 to 80 acres.

Around 20 fire departments and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency were on the scene dealing with the flames near Branam Hollow Road. Bulldozers were brought in because the fire was coming close to the Cobbly Nob area.

Crews remained on the scene through the night to address hot spots. The county says there may be smoldering debris within the fire lines.

One utility worker had minor injuries but refused an ambulance. There are no reports of damage to structures and there are no evacuations in place due to the fire.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park says all visitors’ centers and most roads are currently closed due to a wind event and multiple downed trees. US Hwy 441/Newfound Gap Rd from Gatlinburg to Cherokee, North Carolina is temporarily closed due to high winds.

A shelter was also set up in Pigeon Forge for anyone impacted by high winds and power outages.

WATE 6 Storm Team Meteorologist Ken Weathers said there is a high wind warning that remains in place through this evening. He says expect winds of more than 60 miles per hour.

If residents need help, the can contact the Tennessee Baptist Disaster Relife line at 615-969-0410. The line can help clean-up tree damage on private property.

More: WATE 6 Storm Team Forecast

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