Red Cross responds after Tennessee after wildfire forces 14,000+ evacuations

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The Red Cross is on the ground in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee where wildfires have evacuated thousands of people.

The East Tennessee response team is serving evacuees in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and the Great Smoky Mountain National Park area. Officials estimate more than 14,000 residents and visitors had to evacuate Gatlinburg due to an inferno in Sevier County. 

The Red Cross said they're also providing support to the firefighters battling the blaze.

Photos | Wildfire spreads to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge

More | Hundreds of structures destroyed by Sevier County inferno

More | Flames surround Ripley's Aquarium, thousands of animals left behind

HOW TO HELP

While the Red Cross said they cannot take small donations of food or clothing, they are accepting monetary donations through redcross.org, 1-800-RED CROSS, or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

"Small items, such as collections of food, used clothing, and shoes, often must be cleaned, sorted, and repackaged, which impedes the valuable resources of money, time, and personnel that are needed for other aspects of our relief operation."

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