After a straight day of rain, the wildfires that have been ravaging eastern Tennessee now seem to be contained. More than 14,000 people were evacuated from the city of Gatlinburg as the flames that ravaged 15,000 acres of land also killed seven and damaged or destroyed in the region of 700 buildings.
As people start to return, they'll have one less thing to worry about. Dolly Parton will be helping people back on their feet by donating $1,000 every month for six months to each family that lost their homes.
The flames reached the doorsteps of Dollywood, but the park was spared and will reopen on Friday. Profits from her various businesses will be provided to those in need through her Dollywood Foundation's My People Fund.
Sevier County Mayor Larry Water plans to announce today when the evacuation of the city will end and people can return home. Authorities are currently searching the city for bodies, with several people still reported missing, but also managed to rescue three people who had been trapped since Monday.
Gatlinburg Fire Chief Greg Miller said several firefighters had lost their homes, but have still been working around the clock to contain the flames.
"They have not asked to be off. That's just a testament to the dedication of these responders who serve this community. They put their own personal needs aside to take care of everybody else."
Buddy McLean says that his 26-acre hotel was destroyed by the flames. "I have 35 employees," McLean said. "All of them lost their jobs overnight."
Investigators believe the fire was "human caused," but did not offer any further information on their investigation.
Video: A look at the devastation on roadway up to Ober Gatlinburg. If you can, please give to the Red Cross or local support agencies. pic.twitter.com/3hvfpwzuWr— Mark Nagi (@MarkNagiTDOT) November 29, 2016