Roanoke County firefighter battles fire in Gatlinburg

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Pictures and videos show the damage the fire has down in East Tennessee.

Hundreds of firefighters and emergency crews have been working around the clock to stop the flames and continue the search and rescue process.

“After a long fall fire season, you tend to get tired, but as far as everyone getting along and working toward a common goal, that’s going just fine, no problems there,” Craig Robertson, Battalion Chief for Roanoke County Fire and Rescue.

Robertson says it wouldn’t take much for a wide spread fire like the one residents in Sevier County are facing to start here in Roanoke.

“We have the same fuel types there, we have the same terrain and topography there, we have the same weather events there, so it’s a matter of time till we could have one of these woodland communities experience the same kind of fire,” Craig Robertson, Battalion Chief for Roanoke County Fire and Rescue.

To make sure it doesn’t happen here, Robertson says to make sure you have defensible space around your house, making sure flammable items are not close to it.

“A lot of times people are reluctant to listen to you when you tell them you should trim back your trees a little bit or you should not have these leaves right up on your deck,” Craig Robertson, Battalion Chief for Roanoke County Fire and Rescue.

He says these things can help keep your home or building safe.

He will also keep working to in Gatlinburg to keep those people safe as well.

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