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Posted: Sunday, January 21, 2018 11:20 AM

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9-11 Tapes From Last Year's Deadly Wildfires In Sevier County To Be Released

Sevier County Commissioner Mary Davis has announced that all emergency call tapes from last year's November wildfires will be released next week.

Davis told local news outlets and newspapers that the 911 tapes would be released from Gatlinburg as well, though he could not say that the tapes would be released at the same time as those from Sevier County.

The announcement comes after the recordings of calls made to and from the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency were reportedly lost.

In June, charges were dropped against two juveniles accused of starting the wildfires, which were labeled as the state's largest and deadliest in the last century.

The firestorms started in an area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park called the Chimney Tops on November 23. TEMA reports that 14,000 people evacuated Sevier County on November 28.