Fire breaks out at landfill near Ridge Road in Sevier County

Sevier County Solid Waste facility in Sevier County (courtesy of Sevier County Solid Waste)

A small fire broke out at the Sevier County Solid Waste facility on May 9 (courtesy of Sevier County Solid Waste)

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Reports are coming in about a small, isolated fire that has just broken out at a landfill near Ridge Road in Sevier County.

According to Sevier County Emergency Management (EMA), as of 4:30 pm Sunday evening, May 9, crews from the Pigeon Forge Fire Department and the Sevierville Fire Department were on-site working to extinguish the flames.

The fire is currently contained. But the Sevier County EMA alerted residents and visitors via Twitter Sunday evening that they may notice some smoke in the surrounding areas of Pigeon Forge and Sevierville.

The Sevierville Fire Department is reporting that the smoldering demolition landfill fire is causing smoke and odor which is being propogated by winds in the area. 

Affected areas include LeConte Landing, Denton Road and Jayell Road. 

No injuries have been reported. 

We will keep this article updated as we learn more.

Other recent fires in Sevier County

Fires are never a welcome foe, but are a particularly sensitive topic for residents of Sevier County and those who live in and around the Great Smoky Mountains.

Especially since the massive Gatlinburg wildfire of 2016.

The Great Smoky Mountain wildfires of 2016 were reportedly the deadliest wildfires in the eastern U.S. since the 1950s, killing 14 people and destroying more than 2,500 homes and businesses.

However, in true Smokies Strong fashion, the majority of the area has since recovered, and only a few tell-tale scars remain.

Read Also: The real story behind the Gatlinburg fires of 2016

There have been several other recent fires in the Sevier County headlines as of late, including but not limited to a small fire that broke out at the Mountain Heritage Inn a few weeks ago in Gatlinburg, the recent Wears Valley fire and the massive Red Roof Outlet Mall fire that destroyed Just Stop Smokies, a local souvenir shop last October.

Read Also: Juvenile arrested on arson charges in Red Roof Mall fire

Fire at Red Roof
A fire broke out at the Pigeon Forge Factory Outlet Mall, known as the Red Roof Mall, on Oct. 5, 2020 (photo courtesy of Lid’l Dolly’s Factory Store)

Are fires ever a ‘good’ thing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park?

Great Smoky Mountains National Park managers have been conducting small prescribed fires in the Smokies over the course of the last 20 years, mostly in the spring and fall.

These fires, under prescription parameters, restore meadow habitats and help maintain the historic landscape.

Seasonal controlled burns help perpetuate native species that provide high quality cover and foraging opportunities for a diversity of wildlife including deer, turkey and ground nesting birds.

Importantly, these fires help reduce heavy accumulations of highly-flammable dead wood and brush, which help prevent future catastrophic wildfire events before they ever happen.

Did you see any smoke or flames, or experience any unusual odors from the fire that happened today at the landfill? Let us know in the comments.

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