Tennessee

Gatlinburg, Smoky Mountains reopen after fatal wildfires

FILE- In this Nov. 30, 2016, file photo, a burned car sits in a parking lot in Gatlinburg, Tenn., after a wildfire swept through the area Monday. Authorities on Wednesday, Dec. 7, charged two juveniles in the wildfire that killed over a dozen people and destroyed or damaged more than 1,700 buildings in an iconic tourism spot at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

FILE- In this Nov. 30, 2016, file photo, a burned car sits in a parking lot in Gatlinburg, Tenn., after a wildfire swept through the area Monday. Authorities on Wednesday, Dec. 7, charged two juveniles in the wildfire that killed over a dozen people and destroyed or damaged more than 1,700 buildings in an iconic tourism spot at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)  (The Associated Press)

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the resort town of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, have reopened to the public after wildfires that caused 14 deaths and damaged about 2,500 buildings.

After officials moved barriers blocking the roadway at about 7 a.m. Friday, a steady stream of traffic could be seen heading into town, including cars and food delivery trucks.

Most of the main tourist area in Gatlinburg was spared by the fires that were whipped into the city by hurricane-force winds the night of Nov. 28, and officials are keen for people to return to the city with a population of less than 4,000 that draws more than 11 million visitors a year.

Prosecutors have charged two juveniles with starting fires within the park that later spread.