WBIR - State emergency responders and the National Guard are working together at this point to help the thousands affected by the devastating wildfires burning throughout Gatlinburg, Pigeon Force and the Great Smoky Mountain Park.

Gov. Bill Haslam made the announcement this morning as more than 14,000 were evacuated beginning Monday.

“TEMA encourages residents in Sevier County to stay off mobile devices, unless it is an emergency, to prevent outage,” the governor said.

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said he also is working with the governor’s office.

“This is heartbreaking news for the people of Sevier County and all who love the Smokies,” he said. “My staff and I are working with Gov. Haslam and local officials to make certain that there is maximum federal support to help fight the fires and deal with the consequences of the fires.

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