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BREAKING: Wildfire leads to mandatory evacuations for Gatlinburg, Tennessee

The entire town of Gatlinburg, Tennessee has been ordered to evacuate as a wildfire moves into the town.

The evacuation order was issued early on Monday night by the City of Gatlinburg telling everyone in and around the town to move to safety.

Evacuations were also issued for parts of Pigeon Forge, areas along the Spur and Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Thousands of people left the town, some of which drove right by the flames of the fire.

The fire also led to road and trail closures in parts of the Great Smoky National Park.

The area around Gatlinburg has been exceptionally dry over the past several weeks, contributing to a heightened risk of wildfires.

Rain is forecast to fall across the area throughout much of this week which will raise humidity levels and help crews gain control of the wildfire.

This is a breaking situation. Continue to check with AccuWeather for more information.