Updated: 02/12/16 : 05:12:33
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World :: Tennessee wildfires leaves 10 dead

The death toll from wildfires raging across Tennessee has risen to 10 as search and rescue operations continue.

The cities of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge have suffered the worst damage.

On Thursday, country music legend Dolly Parton said her charity would donate $1,000 (797) a month to families affected by the fires.

Rain on Wednesday helped quell the blaze, but officials said fires could rekindle as months of drought had left the ground extremely dry.

The wildfires, likely started by a person, spread on Monday to the tourist city of Gatlinburg. More than 14,000 residents were forced to evacuate.

Gatlinburg Fire Chief Greg Miller said: "We had trees going down everywhere, power lines - all those power lines were just like lighting a match because of the extreme drought conditions.

"So we went from nothing to over 20 plus structure fires in a matter of minutes. And that grew and that grew and that grew."

Around 45 people have been treated in hospital as a result of the wildfires, and over 700 buildings have been damaged.

City mayor, Mike Werner said: "Gatlinburg is the people, that's what Gatlinburg is. It's not the buildings, it's not the stuff in the buildings.

"We're going to be back better than ever. Just be patient.''

Mr Werner has spent days reassuring his city "everything is going to be okay". Meanwhile, he has lost his home and seven other buildings he owns as part of a property business.

He said the city was still working to identify those killed by the fire.