A deadly wildfire damages or destroys more than 250 buildings in a popular vacation area.. Thousands of people evacuated Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg last night. Authorities confirmed this afternoon that at least three people have died and many more have been injured. Some evacuees had to drive through dangerous flames to get to safety. The National Guard has been called in to help fight the fires. More rain is in the forecast for the area tonight and officials hope the wet weather will help drown some of the flames.