Dolly Parton sets up fund for wildfire victims

Tennessee fires blaze into third day

An Air National Guard helicopter flies over Gatlinburg, Tenn., Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 searching for problems following Monday's devastating wildfire. Three more had been found by Wednesday afternoon - all three in a home on Campbell Lead Road.

Heavy rain Wednesday in Sevier County, Tennessee, brought some welcome relief to firefighters battling blazes that remain in the area.

The day after the fires was "Giving Tuesday", a social media-fueled worldwide campaign encouraging people to donate to nonprofit organizations in their communities. Roads heading into Gatlinburg remain closed to traffic, CBS affiliate WTVF reports.

Two more bodies were found in the North Chalet Village, and another was found in a room at the Travelers Motel off U.S. Highway 321.

Emergency officials say the death toll from Tennessee wildfires this week has risen to 11.

My thoughts and prayers are with the great people of Tennessee during these awful wildfires.

"They have not asked to be off", Gatlinburg Fire Chief Greg Miller said.

The American Red Cross has requested a pause in donations of physical goods, like water bottles, canned food, clothing, and extra blankets, The Tennessean newspaper reports.

Tucker is one of several people charged in setting wildfires in Tennessee recently.

Governor Bill Haslam, visiting the area Tuesday, called it the worst fire in Tennessee in 100 years.

61 suspending certain state laws in order to ensure wildfire and severe weather disaster survivors have access to important health care services, consumer rights protections, and availability of state services as they recover.

Bishop Richard F. Stika of Knoxville is offering prayers for the fire's victims, while Catholic Charities of East Tennessee is providing aid to those who have lost their homes.

Gatlinburg Mayor Mike Werner said the embattled resort city could reopen as early as Friday, which would give business owners and residents their first look at the damage.

This item has been corrected to show that the emergency declaration was made Thursday, not Tuesday.

"It is certainly a distressing time for all of us", Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters said at a news conference today.

Authorities haven't said whether they'll be forced to rely on dental records to identify any of the remains found. Officials said they had made significant progress finding a number of the people on their list.

In addition, a November 30 post on the parish's Facebook page said: "Driving by the church last evening around 8 o'clock on the way to a shelter it appeared that the church was untouched by fire and it would be accessible once the roads were released to travel".

On Nov. 29, St. Joseph the Carpenter in Sevierville said on its Facebook page: "We have been hearing from many of our church family and friends, making contact with each other to make sure all are safe". Authorities are continuing to search for those who are missing, but at this point do not know exactly how many residents are missing. More than 17,000 acres have burned since the fire started on the popular Chimney Tops hiking trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park last week. Wildfires started in the nearby Great Smoky Mountains National Park and spread quickly to neighbouring countryside.

The fire displaced more than 14,000 residents from Gatlinburg alone, many of whom fled home Monday night in the dark with nothing more than what they could carry.

The remains of a home smolder Wednesday in the wake of a wildfire in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

The 57-year-old, privately employed handyman discovered that his house had been consumed by the wildfires raging through the Great Smoky Mountains while flat on his back with pneumonia in a hospital. He says he had no insurance. "We want people to know that they can visit these areas. and we encourage them to do that".

Schools in Sevier County will be back open Thursday except for Pi Beta Phi Elementary and Gatlinburg Pittman High School.

The mayor lost the home that he built himself, two dogs plus all seven of the condominium buildings he owned.

Howard got out of the hospital on Wednesday night, and he spent the night at a hotel in Pigeon Forge.

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