Gatlinburg Fires: What You Need to Know

In the wake of the severe fires burning in and around Gatlinburg, White Oak Lodge and Resort was officially evacuated last night. The resort has sustained only minor damage at this time, and personnel including Charlie, Johnny, their families, and evacuated guests are safe.

The downtown Gatlinburg area is reporting both damage and heavy smoke, and all facilities in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park are closed.

As these fires continue to burn, safety should be everyone’s first priority. Stay as far away from the area as possible. If you are in the area, don’t wait, evacuate.

Stay Up to Speed. Real-time information on the fires and their effects can be found at:

Also, stay tuned to the White Oak Lodge and Resort Facebook page for updates on the fires and the resort.

Please join us in sending good vibes to our friends in Gatlinburg and all those affected by the fires.

Victoria Hoffman

A native of New Jersey, Victoria isn't entirely sure how she ended up in Kansas City, but has enjoyed writing, editing, creating, communicating and marketing for high-profile accounts throughout the city ever since. In her spare time, Victoria is an actress (and active) with local community and city theatre.

18 thoughts on “Gatlinburg Fires: What You Need to Know

  1. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Above all, please stay safe. So glad we got to spend time there last month.
    Terry and Shirley Jennings

  2. My family and friends stayed there in March of this year. We fell in love with the resort and the area. Please know we are sending our thoughts and prayers to all affected by these fires and pray it will be extinguished soon.

  3. We have been here 4 times and each time fall more and more in love with it. Looking forward to a return in Oct 2017. Thanks for the update and glad all are safe!

  4. My heart goes out to all of you in Gatliburg, TN. My sons and I were blessed to have been able to visit once again this past August. As always it was an unforgettable getaway! I pray everyone evacuated safely and that the fires become contained and under control. I pray that the housing, businesses and wildlife of the Smoky Mountains is spared total devastation.
    -Patricia, Jarred & Elijah Anderson
    ❤️ from Michigan

  5. Thank you for posting the safety of Charlie, Johnny and their families and the resorts’ evacuated guests. My wife and I have been praying for you. We have stayed at a White Oaks Cabin for a week each fall for the past ten years. We were there just a month ago. We really enjoy the cabins and the staff at White Oaks. May God bless you and keep you safe.

  6. MY HEART IS BREAKING…. But I am relieved today after I called and talked to CHARLIE….. he was shook up but OK! I love you Charlie and Staff of WOL….. WE all are here if you need us!

  7. We just stayed with you from the 5th to 12th. I’m glad that you all made it out safely and I hope what damage there is can be fixed. The cabin we stayed in was beautiful and absolutely perfect. It was a great first experience for me for Gatlinburg. I hope that we can return to see you in the future.

  8. We love your resort and have stayed there 6 or 7 times. You all have been in our thoughts and prayers. So relieved to hear you are all safe. So sad to view photos of 321 closer to town.

  9. We were just there earlier in Nov for the first time. Such a beautiful area and nice people, it is so sad to see this happening. We were glad to hear everyone at the resort is safe and there was minimal damage, which was not the case for everyone. Stay safe.

  10. My husband and I have stayed in the cabins a couple of times and we love this place. Happy to hear everyone is safe!!! God bless.

  11. Any updates to the people and property of White Oak? We are coming up (hopefully) for our 3rd trip there for Christmas- New Years… Prayers for Gatlinburg!!

  12. we have reservations with white oak in april is it to early to know anything? our prayers are with you all

    1. Hi Dennis,

      As far as coming to the area, we’ll be accepting guests as soon as this weekend and there are still activities to do in Pigeon Forge and Sevierville. As far as how downtown Gatlinburg will be in April, it is too early to tell. Hope this helps.

    1. Hi Brian. White Oak Lodge and Resort is indeed still here and we look forward to seeing you in September!

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