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UPDATE: Local fire agencies deployed to assist with Gatlinburg wildfire

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HAMILTON COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -

More than 400 firefighters have spent the past two days battling wildfires. Officials say 200 firefighters throughout the region pitched in to battle the wildfires in Gatlinburg. That includes several crews from the Channel 3 viewing area. 

The Chattanooga Fire Department's Special Operations Chief Daniel Hague is tasked with coordinating mutual aid efforts from East Tennessee to Gatlinburg, where evacuation orders are still in place. 

"I've never been involved with anything of this magnitude," said Hague. "You see things like this happen out west, but this has been a very unusual year with the drought."

READ MORE | Gatlinburg wildfires claim 3 lives; more than 2,000 residents forced to shelters 

The following fire agencies from Channel 3 viewing area were deployed through the Tri-State Mutual Aid Association:

  • Tri-Community Volunteer Fire Department
  • Signal Mountain Fire Department
  • Dallas Bay Volunteer Fire Department
  • East Ridge Fire Department
  • Sequoyah Volunteer Fire Department
  • Soddy Daisy Fire Department
  • Walden’s Ridge Emergency Services
  • Chattanooga Fire Department
  • Bradley County Fire Rescue
  • Englewood Fire Department
  • Meigs County Volunteer Fire Department
  • Athens Fire Department
  • Cleveland Fire Department
  • Decatur Fire Department
  • Dunlap Volunteer Fire Department

Chattanooga Fire Department sent a Battalion Chief and an engine to Gatlinburg Monday night. Bradley County, Decatur, Tri Community and Englewood all sent an engine, too.

Another relief team with tanker trucks went out Tuesday morning. In all officials say about 75 personnel have been sent with 20 pieces of equipment. 

The last few months have been difficult for firefighter families. So far, wildfires have burned more than 43,000 acres statewide. 
In East Tennessee, fires on Mowbray Mountain, Flippers Bend and Poe Road are contained and the fire breaks seem to be holding.

"This has just been an extraordinary event," said Asst. Chief Hague. "It just seems like something is happening daily from wild land fires to large commercial fires to the fire in Gatlinburg.... it seems like it's becoming constant." 

The wildfire in Gatlinburg is the largest wildfire in the last 100 years in the state of Tennessee, said Governor Bill Haslam in a press conference Tuesday afternoon.

Firefighters say they will continue to fight as long as there's a need.

"We have been significantly busy the last couple of months but as you can see they hop right back up and they're going to help their brotherhood of agencies that are needing us desperately right now," said Amy Maxwell, Public Information Officer for Hamilton County Emergency Management. 

"It's a calling, it's really a calling," said Asst. Chief Hague. "That's what we do and that's where our passion lies." 

Chattanooga fire officials say State EMS has requested the department's Mass Casualty bus be put on standby, in case more evacuations are needed. 

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Fire Agencies from Hamilton County have been deployed thru Tri State Mutual Aid Association to respond to Gatlinburg, TN to assist in the Large Wildfire efforts.

They are as follows:

  • Tri-Community Volunteer Fire Department
  • Signal Mountain Fire Department
  • Dallas Bay Volunteer Fire Department
  • East Ridge Fire Department
  • Sequoyah Volunteer Fire Department
  • Soddy Daisy Fire Department
  • Walden’s Ridge Emergency Services
  • Chattanooga Fire Department

Those in the Tri-State area are as follows:

  • Bradley County Fire Rescue
  • Englewood Fire Department
  • Meigs County Volunteer Fire Department
  • Athens Fire Department
  • Cleveland Fire Department
  • Decatur Fire Department
  • Dunlap Volunteer Fire Department

20 pieces of Apparatus and 75 personnel have been sent to Gatlinburg to assist them with this large Wildland Fire.

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