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Smoky Mountains Charred by Three Days of Fires

The people of Sevier County in Tennessee begin to assess the damage that left parts of the national park and nearby communities in ruin.

Motorists stop to view wildfires in the Great Smokey Mountains near Gatlinburg, Tennessee, November 28, 2016. National Park Services / Reuters

A school building burns during evacuations as wildfires move through the area. The flames destroyed hundreds of buildings and thousands of residents have been evacuated.

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Fire erupts on both sides of Highway 441 between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Nov. 28.

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Trevor Cates, walks through the smoldering remains of the fellowship hall of his church, the Banner Missionary Baptist Church as he inspects damage after the wildfire Nov. 29, in Gatlinburg. Brian Blanco / Getty Images

Liz Standfuss and her grandson Griffin sit on cots in a shelter as they FaceTime with Griffin's mother, father and sister after evacuating the night prior from a fire while on vacation at the Westgate Resort in Pigeon Forge.

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Volunteers assist evacuees in gathering needed clothing items at a shelter on Nov. 29, in Pigeon Forge.

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A utility pole is left damaged as fires smolder. Drought conditions and wind helped the fire spread through the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Brian Blanco / Getty Images
Utility workers remove a tree that fell across a road while nearby homes smolder Nov. 29, in Gatlinburg. Brian Blanco / Getty Images

Residents Kirk Wallace, Caleb Graves and Tyler Alden gather to clear debris and put out small fires near surrounding homes as the remains of their neighbors' homes smolder after a wildfire Nov. 29, in Gatlinburg.

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