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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

At Least Three Dead In Tennessee Wildfires

One of the fires grew from 10 acres to about 500 acres in less than a day, thanks to strong wind gusts in the area.

By Briana Altergott | November 29, 2016

"It's a little numbing, to be honest with you, to see the extent of the damage," Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam told reporters.

At least three people are dead and 14 injured after devastating wildfires swept through the town of Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Newsy's partners at WTVF report more than 100 structures, including homes, have been damaged or destroyed by the massive flames.

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According to Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials, the fire affecting Gatlinburg grew from 10 acres on Sunday night to about 500 acres by Monday morning, thanks to strong wind gusts in the area.

The gusts are showing no signs of stopping, making things very difficult for firefighters.

"We're dealing with the worst possible conditions imaginable," Gatlinburg Fire Department Chief Greg Miller said in a news conference.

Tennessee and other parts of the South have been dealing with a significant drought for weeks. Fortunately, rain is in the forecast for Gatlinburg.

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