GULF SHORES, AL- The Smoky Mountain wildfire hits close to home. Gatlinburg is a popular resort destination for many folks on the Gulf Coast. Images of the destruction are heartbreaking.
Firefighters in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach know exactly what Gatlinburg fire crews are going through. In 2011, more than 100 local firefighters battled a massive wildfire in Gulf State Park for 10 days.
Just like in Gatlinburg, the Gulf State Park wildfire forced mandatory evacuations and taxed local and state resources.
Alabama firefighters haven’t been asked to respond to East Tennessee, but local crews are on standby to help save the beautiful, mountain town.