TN mayor confirms 7 deaths in wildfires that destroyed hundreds of homes, businesses

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One man's escape from the mountain. Warning: Profanity

Strong afternoon winds fanned the wildfire on land in the great Smoky Mountains National Park to move quickly onto private property.

Gatlinburg police had been going door to door in one neighborhood asking for voluntary evacuations. But the Knoxville News Sentinel reported that as wind picked up and fallen trees sparked fires from downed lines, Gatlinburg fire officials declared a mandatory evacuation of a larger area.

One man's escape from the mountain. Warning: Profanity

A news release from the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce said the National Park Service reported more fire growth expected in the park with spot fires possibly forming outside the main area.