Two juveniles charged over Tennessee wildfires that killed 14

Some walls of a burned-out business remain Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, in Gatlinburg, Tenn., after a wildfire swept through the area Monday.

Although wind gusts exceeding 60 miles per hour caused the disaster to explode in Sevier County, fires had been brewing for months in this region.

While next to no data has been discharged about the suspects, authorities said they are from Tennessee - however not from Sevier County, where Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are situated, by Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Dunn said the juveniles face aggravated arson charges in the fire in the Chimney Tops area of Great Smoky Mountains National Park on November 23.

Authorities have said since last week that the fire was human caused.

At a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director Mark Gwyn said the two juveniles are charged with aggravated arson.

They are being held in a juvenile detention centre.

While very little information has been released about the suspects, officials did say they are from Tennessee - though not from Sevier County, where Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are located, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Now, not only are investigators becoming more sure of what started the Tennessee wildfires, they may also reportedlyknow who started the wildfires. Some evacuation order relief arrived on Wednesday when Gatlinburg residents were finally allowed to return to their residences full-time, while firefighters continue to try to contain the fire on the mountains, according to the Washington Post.

In response to a reporter's tweet after two juveniles were arrested and charged with aggravated arson, Faison said juvenile cases are different.

Strong winds spread the wildfires in the area, and a prolonged drought helped to fuel them.

The so-called Chimney Tops and Cobbly Nob fires engulfed more than 17,000 acres and 2,460 structures. Thousands of people have been evacuated from the area and over 100 houses and businesses were damaged or destroyed.

Two teenagers have been arrested on charges of starting the fire that eventually grew to consume parts of Sevier County.



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