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National guard choppers to join fight against Pigeon Forge wildfire

Staff Report • Mar 18, 2013 at 8:20 AM

PIGEON FORGE — Up to 30 fire departments from East Tennessee this morning are battling flames that have consumed 35 cabins and 135 acres in Sevier County, a spokesman said.

Two Black Hawk helicopters from the Tennessee Air National Guard stationed at McGhee Tyson Airport left at 7 a.m. to begin an aerial survey of the carnage, Perrin Anderson, spokesman for Sevier County, said this morning. After surveying the situation, the choppers will then will contribute their own unique aid.

“They’ll go to Douglas Lake and dip water with those buckets and drop it on the fire,” Anderson said.

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