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Knoxville Mobilization Center activated in response to wildfires

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Five handcrews arrived at McGhee Tyson Airport on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, where a Knoxville Mobilization Center has been activated in response to dozens of active wildfires across the region. (Photo: Eastern Area Incident Management Team) Five handcrews arrived at McGhee Tyson Airport on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, where a Knoxville Mobilization Center has been activated in response to dozens of active wildfires across the region. (Photo: Eastern Area Incident Management Team)
Five handcrews arrived at McGhee Tyson Airport on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, where a Knoxville Mobilization Center has been activated in response to dozens of active wildfires across the region. (Photo: Eastern Area Incident Management Team) Five handcrews arrived at McGhee Tyson Airport on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, where a Knoxville Mobilization Center has been activated in response to dozens of active wildfires across the region. (Photo: Eastern Area Incident Management Team)
Wildland fire packs.   (Photo: Eastern Area Incident Management Team) Wildland fire packs. (Photo: Eastern Area Incident Management Team)
KNOXVILLE (WBIR) -

Dozens of active wildfires prompted officials to activate the Knoxville Mobilization Center at the Hilton Knoxville Airport Hotel at McGhee Tyson Airport in Alcoa earlier this week.

The mobilization center is serving as a check-in and staging area for hundreds of firefighters and suppression resources that are helping fight the on-going wildfires. 

“With the current drought situation in the south, it’s all hands on deck,” Jim Grant, Incident Commander for the Eastern Area Incident Management Team, said in a statement. “We have crews from the West Coast, engines from Michigan and Wisconsin, and a lot of single resources from all over the country. It’s these kinds of partnerships among the various firefighting agencies that allow us to get the resources needed here quickly and efficiently.”

There are currently 47 fires burning an estimated 30,000 acres in eight states in the Southern area, according to the Eastern Area Incident Management Team supporting the Knoxville Mobilization Center.

Most of the wildfire activity is in Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and North Carolina. 

So far, five incident teams and more than 50 crews from across the country have deployed to assist impacted communities in the region. More than 40 aviation assets and nearly 150 engines have been committed or are en route to aid ground crews and help prevent the fires from spreading. 

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