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The latest on Gatlinburg wildfires and how you can help

Burned structures are seen from aboard a National Guard helicopter near Gatlinburg, Tenn., Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. Thousands of people raced through a hell-like landscape to escape wildfires that killed several people and destroyed hundreds of homes in the Great Smoky Mountains.
Burned structures are seen from aboard a National Guard helicopter near Gatlinburg, Tenn., Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. Thousands of people raced through a hell-like landscape to escape wildfires that killed several people and destroyed hundreds of homes in the Great Smoky Mountains. AP

After more than 24 hours of fighting deadly flames in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the nearby tourist meccas of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, the area is smoldering as rain moves in Wednesday to help extinguish the blazes.

The AP reports that four people are dead from the fire, dozens were injured and more than 150 buildings were destroyed.

Among the businesses destroyed were the Alamo Steakhouse and Cupid’s Chapel of Love. Dollywood, the popular amusement park owned by Dolly Parton, escaped any major damage according to reports. About 14,000 people were evacuated from the area.

President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday tweeted prayers for the area and the victims of the fire.

If you would like to help the victims of the fire, contact the American Red Cross (1-800-Red Cross) or text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to the American Red Cross disaster relief fund.

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