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Firefighters continue to battle hot spots in Sevier County

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As the sun set and the temperature dropped in Sevier County, firefighters continued to work to put out hot spots still smoldering in the mountains.

Firefighters from Brentwood and Williamson County have been climbing through the mountains to tackle the hot spots.

The terrain has been challenging as they go back and forth, getting water and climbing back.

Firefighters said the devastation is heartbreaking. They said it has been emotional seeing so much loss and seeing the people who are affected.

The teams have been working 12-hour shifts, but they are being supported by dozens of generous people who are thankful for their help.

“The heartwarming part for us is the community support we’ve gotten from Facebook and phone calls,” said Jay Bonson, community fire coordinator of Williamson County. “And then the people here in Pigeon Forge giving donations in terms of food and water and places to stay. We have not had to spend hardly any money because the hotels have been so accommodating when we do get the chance to bed down.”

Some of the teams will stay in Sevier County another night. They said they are making progress and are determined to get these fires out to get the community back to normal again.

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