Death toll rises to 14 from Gatlinburg area wildfires

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GATLINBURG, Tenn. — According to a news release from Sevier County they have confirmed 14 fatalities.

Elaine Brown, 81, of Sevierville had a ‘medical event’ which caused a multi-car crash as she tried to escape the fires.

To date, there have been 134 injuries related to the fire, many have been treated and released.

So far, 1,684 structures have been damaged or destroyed by the fire.

There are currently 23 crews, 46 engines, 6 helicopters, 5 dozers, 713 total personnel fighting the Chimney Top 2 Fire as a part of the Type 1 Federal Incident Management Team.

The evacuated areas in Gatlinburg are open for access each day from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. through the checkpoint at Gatlinburg City Hall via East Parkway (Hwy. 321) and Glades Road. This restriction shall remain in effect until the city reopens for the general public.

A curfew remains in effect from 6:00 PM to 6:00 AM.  The Spur parkway is open only from Pigeon Forge to the Gatlinburg Welcome Center, with still no access to Wiley Oakley from the Spur.

Wiley Oakley Drive and Greystone Heights Road remain inaccessible due to critical utility work.

Emergency crews are working to open it as soon as possible.

The Water Boil Advisory is still in effect for Gatlinburg, with the exception of the east of City Hall.