Deadly wildfire near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park killed some people in Tennessee


More than 150 homes and businesses were destroyed. The fire has killed at least three people and injured at least 14 others, officials said Tuesday. Some areas remained unreachable for search and rescue efforts. The blaze forced more than 14,000 people to flee the area. “People were basically running for their lives,” Gatlinburg Mayor Mike Werner said at a Tuesday afternoon news conference. “This is a fire for the history books,” Gatlinburg Fire Chief Greg Miller also said. Winds climbed to 87 mph, carrying away fiery embers and knocking trees and power lines to the ground. The extensive fire and fallen trees had forced the temporary closure of the most-visited national park in America. Resources including the National Guard were sent  to help those who had been affected by the fires.


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