Wildfire Burns Outside Great Smoky Mountains

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Firefighters say they had 200 acre wildfire that destroyed 35 cabins at Black Bear Ridge Resort in East Tennessee under control Sunday night, March 17, 2013. It's seen here from helicopter. / WVLT-TV/CBS

(CBS News/AP)- Crews in East Tennessee are battling a massive fire in Pigeon Forge that has destroyed some 35 cabins, reports CBS Knoxville affiliate WVLT-TV.

The Sevier County Sheriff's Department tells the station the decimated cabins were at Black Bear Ridge Resort.

Ben Bryson, a fire resources coordinator with the Tennessee Division of Forestry, says the 145-acre fire was first reported around 5 p.m. EDT Sunday.

It started at one cabin and then spread, according to authorities, but was under control late Sunday night.

Bryson says two National Guard helicopters are being dispatched Monday to help fight the fire, which has been contained and isn't expected to spread.

All cabins in the area - 150 people in all -- have been evacuated, and no injuries have been reported, WVLT adds.

Coincidentally, reports CBS Nashville affiliate WTVF-TV, there was a large brush fire Saturday on the property of the Dollywood theme park just a few miles away. Firefighters were able to keep that one from spreading to the park itself and there was no property damage.

Dollywood is scheduled to open its season on March 23.

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