5 things you need to know about the Gatlinburg wildfires

4:18 p.m Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 Local

One of the worst fires in Tennessee has destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses effectively shutting down parts of Gatlinburg which draws up to 11 million tourists a year.

Here are five things you need to know about the wildfires in Gatlinburg:

1. Authorities confirmed at least 10 people were killed as result of the wildfires.

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2. Approximately 14,000 people were evacuated from the Gatlinburg area.

3. Authorities believe the wildfires were started by a person.

4. The wildfires started in the Great Smoky Mountains before spreading to Gatlinburg.

5. Main roads to Gatlinburg will reopen on Dec. 5 at the earliest.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.