Idaho fire crews assist in Tennessee

Posted at 5:49 PM, Nov 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-30 19:49:49-05

Fire crews from Idaho are heading east to assist in firefighting efforts in Tennessee, where the death toll is now seven. Dozens of others have been injured, as the fire in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park reaches more than 15,000 acres.

Officials believe more than 400 buildings have been damaged in Sevier County.

The wildfire that spread embers and flames into Gatlinburg, igniting new wildfires and forcing thousands to evacuate is just ten percent contained.

It's the third largest active fire burning in the southeast.

The National Interagency Fire Center in Boise is sending crews to assist. Three contract type-II crews and two U.S.F.S. crews and engines from Idaho are assisting efforts along with eight other crew members.

The wildfire was human-caused and is currently under investigation.

Up to an inch of rain passed through the Gatlinburg area Tuesday night into Wednesday but the fires remain a threat.

The mayor of Gatlinburg is hoping to lift evacuations and re-open the resort mountain town on Friday.