Photos of the Wildfires Near Gatlinburg, Tennessee

On Monday, a fire erupted in a section of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, quickly spreading through the drought-affected area around Gatlinburg, Tennessee, forcing a quick evacuation of thousands of residents and tourists. More than 250 houses and businesses have been reported damaged or destroyed, and so far four deaths have been blamed on the fires. Search and rescue teams are covering the foothills around Gatlinburg now, as investigators work toward discovering the origin of what they describe as a “human caused” wildfire.

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