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Thousands have fled their homes as historic wildfires burn in Tennessee.

At least 150 buildings were destroyed and 14,000 residents evacuated as fast-moving wildfires spread through the Great Smoky Mountains on Monday night. There have been four reported fatalities.

The Associated Press reports that the fire also reached the steps of Dollywood, a 150-acre Dolly Parton theme park.

At least 100,000 acres have burned across Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, and the Carolinas since the fires began in October, following the worst drought in the region in at least a decade. Severe droughts — and the increased wildfire risk that accompanies them — are a symptom of climate change.

“This is a fire for the history books,” Greg Miller, a Tennessee fire chief, said at a press conference Tuesday morning. “The likes of this has never been seen here.”

Residents captured the fires on social media.

This post has been updated.