Gatlinburg may re-open Friday

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GATLINBURG, TN (AP) – The mayor of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, says officials are discussing re-opening the city later this week after wildfires forced the evacuation of thousands of residents and tourists.

Mayor Mike Werner says the resort mountain city may re-open Friday so business owners can assess the damage and hopefully begin paying their employees again.

He says the evacuation orders must remain in place until then because there are still areas that haven’t been searched and places where power lines are down.

The wildfires killed four people and injured dozens more.

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