PIGEON FORGE, TN (WIS) -- Rain is falling in East Tennessee Wednesday morning, an answered prayer for the hundreds of firefighters and first responders battling the state's most devastating wildfire in 100 years.
The main road into Gatlinburg remains closed this morning. But with Mother Nature's help, there's a lot of hope that it could all be over soon.
More rain is expected later Wednesday morning. There are still a lot of unanswered questions, including the cause of this fire. And for many homeowners, whether their homes were spared.
Fourteen thousand people were evacuated at the peak of the blaze, and many wait to return home. It may take some time to know the complete scope of the damage done, but we do know entire neighborhoods have been wiped out.
We caught up with one woman forced to leave her home and pets behind on the mountain last evening. She is one of many people who are still waiting to find out if their homes are still standing...or their businesses and jobs. For now, it's just the unknown.
"Right now, no one really knows what we need until we get to our homes to see what we do need. And then we're going to need a lot of people that do labor: carpenters, plumbers. All kinds of things are going to be needed," said Natalie Orpin.
If you'd like to help, you can donate $10 to the Red Cross by texting RedCross to 90999. Or there are several other ways you can help.