30 Nov '16, 11pm
@USNationalGuard joins wildfire fight with helicopters, buckets
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- As fires of historic proportion raged Tuesday, more than 120 Tennessee Army National Guard Soldiers mobilized to east Tennessee to assist Sevier County Emergency Management personnel with transporting first responders, removing light debris and assisting with welfare checks. Soldiers from units in Maryville, Pigeon Forge, Morristown, Newport, Greeneville, Lenoir City, Knoxville and Bristol were to move to the operations center in Pigeon Forge to assist the Tennessee Highway Patrol with health and welfare checks and local responders with debris removal and transportation throughout the affected area. At least 100 homes were damaged or destroyed by flames, state emergency officials told news media, and more than 14,000 people were evacuated from Gatlinburg, USA Today reported. "The Tennessee National Guard is uniquely qualified to not only fight our natio...