Gatlinburg reopens for residents, businesses; To reopen to public on Friday

The Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort in Gatlinburg was heavy damaged as wildfires spread across the area on Nov. 28 and Nov. 29, 2016. (WATE)

GATLINBURG, TN (WATE) – Officials have determined a timeline for residents and businesses to return.

Property owners, business owners, renters and lease holders will continue to be able to access properties for cleaning, smoke removal and securing their properties on Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through the East Parkway entry point.

On Wednesday, property owners, business owners, renters and lease holders will be allowed to return to full-time occupancy beginning at 7 a.m. through the East Parkway access point. The curfew will change from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. on both Wednesday and Thursday.

The city of Gatlinburg plans to reopen for business and to the general public on Friday at 7 a.m. Major roadways are expected to be open, but some may remain closed to accommodate utility work. Wiley Oakley Drive and Cliff Branch Road remain inaccessible due to critical utility work.

Utility work on Greystone Heights Road has been completed and will be open on Tuesday.

The number of damaged or destroyed structures has risen to 1,753.

See also: Continuing coverage – Gatlinburg Area Wildfires

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