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Ripken Baseball monitoring Tennessee wildfire near its new, $22.5M youth complex

Ripken Baseball monitoring Tennessee wildfire near its new, $22.5M youth complex

Staff at Baltimore-based Ripken Baseball are keeping an eye on the wildfires near Gatlinburg, Tenn., that killed three people and caused thousands of residents and businesses to be evacuated this week.

The organization operates a large youth baseball complex in Pigeon Forge, about a mile from where a fire was raging Tuesday in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains.

A Ripken Baseball spokesman said Tuesday the fires hadn't yet affected the Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge but added that "we are in contact and monitoring the situation."

The U.S. Forest Service has set up a command post on the property as part of the firefighting effort, said spokesman John...

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