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March 18, 2013

Tennessee Declares State of Emergency due to East Tennessee Fires

The State Emergency Operations Center is activated to Level 3 -State of Emergency as of 7 a.m., CDT, on Monday, March 18, 2013 in support of the fires in Sevier County.

The fire in Sevier County, which began around 4:20 p.m., EDT, Sunday afternoon, has damaged or destroyed 35 structures and covers more than 130 acres.

There are no reports of fatalities or injuries at this time. However, about 150 people have been evacuated from the area and are being assisted by the American Red Cross.

Sevier County declared a State of Emergency for the county Sunday and is working with numerous local fire departments and state agencies to contain the fire.

Additional updates will be posted as more information becomes available. News media may call the TEMA media line at 615-741-0482.