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Fanned by strong winds and the Southeast's worst drought in nearly a decade, at least 14 fires burned in and around Gatlinburg, Tennessee, forcing evacuations from the popular tourist gateway and nearby communities. On Monday afternoon, a wildfire from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park spread rapidly into communities around it. By early Tuesday, emergency officials said about 100 homes were affected by the blaze.
Fanned by strong winds and the Southeast's worst drought in nearly a decade, at least 14 fires burned in and around Gatlinburg, Tennessee, forcing evacuations from the popular tourist gateway and nearby communities. On Monday afternoon, a wildfire from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park spread rapidly into communities around it. By early Tuesday, emergency officials said about 100 homes were affected by the blaze.

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Gatlinburg fire couldn't have been prevented

The wildfire that raged through Gatlinburg, TN was destined to happen, according to University of Tennessee geology professor Dr. Henri D. Grissino-Mayer.

Gatlinburg fire couldn't have been prevented

The wildfire that raged through Gatlinburg, TN was destined to happen, according to University of Tennessee geology professor Dr. Henri D. Grissino-Mayer.