Gatlinburg officials aim to allow residents, businesses back permanently on Friday

Gatlinburg, Tenn. (WDEF) – TEMA officials say that residents and businesses in Gatlinburg have had daily access to the city but Gatlinburg officials have set a goal to allow them back permanently at 7am Friday, December 9.

According to TEMA, the wildfire damaged or destroyed more than 1500 structures.

The Tennessee Department of Health says the wildfires claimed 14 lives in Sevier County and led to 45 injuries.

TEMA says that more than 1800 people remain without power in Sevier County.

Two Red Cross shelters remain open in the county – Pigeon Forge Community Center and Rocky Top Sports World – with 154 total occupants, according to TEMA.


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