Thousands in Tennessee hope to return home as rain slows wildfires

Fires that have raged for days in the Great Smoky Mountains and the popular resort town of Gatlinburg, killing seven people, are now 10% contained

After a day of rain slowed down raging fires in Tennessee, local officials began a cleanup on Thursday as thousands of evacuees hoped to return to their homes.

The fires raged for two days, ravaging the Great Smoky Mountains and the town of Gatlinburg, killing seven people and leaving dozens more injured.

The Southern Area Incident Management Team said on Wednesday that only ten percent of the fire had been contained and the day of rain was not enough to put out the flames completely.

Fire activity will increase until significant rainfall is received over several days, the team said in a statement. The rain we received may have slowed this fire for a day or two at a critical time, but the threat from this fire is still there.

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