More than 14,000 people were forced to leave their homes in Tennessee this week as wildfires burned more than 17,000 acres. Almost 1,000 structures have been destroyed and 3,000 customers have no power as of Friday evening.
Strong winds helped the wildfire spread quickly to the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, in Tennessee. It blazed through the town of Gatlinburg, which is a popular town in Tennessee for tourists.
The speed at which the fire grew took people by surprise. On Tuesday, police offers went door to door ordering people to leave.
By the end of the day Tuesday, officials said the worst of the damage was over. Rain helped firefighters to contain the fire.
Main roads have been reopened, and power is expected to be restored by next week.
Lets send positive thoughts to the people of Tennessee as they work to rebuild, mourn their losses, and get things back to normal.