UPDATE 4:03 p.m. EST, Wednesday
Another fatality has been confirmed in the Tennessee wildfire. Four are now confirmed dead and 45 people have been injured.
UPDATE 7:25 a.m. EST, Wednesday
The fires that have killed three people in Tennessee were "human-caused," National Park Service spokeswoman Dana Soehn said. CNN reports she did not elaborate.
Gatlinburg Fire Chief Greg Miller said there are still areas firefighters have not been able to reach due to downed trees and power lines.
UPDATE: 4:36 p.m. EST
Officials told CNN wildfires have killed at least three people in Sevier County, Tennessee.
UPDATE: Several people have been hospitalized with burns due to the Tennessee wildfires.
Due to the active Wildfire, downtown Gatlinburg is being evacuated as well as areas along the Spur. Unprecedented.— Gatlinburg Tennessee (@GatlinburgTN) November 29, 2016
Downtown Gatlinburg was evacuated as the fire continued to spread.
Thick smoke made Gatlinburg, Tenn. hazy on Monday.
Gatlinburg Fire Department Chief Greg Miller said on Tuesday the smoke was so bad, firefighters could not see at all in some areas.
Raging wildfires forced Tennessee resort towns to evacuate Monday night, even as a powerful storm system brought much-needed rain to parched Southern states.
The storm system might do more harm that good -- high winds are spreading the flames. Some gusts were as high as 74 mph, the Knoxville New Sentinel reports.
Resort towns like Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge were evacuated. Pigeon Forge is home to Dollywood, a theme park owned by country music legend Dolly Parton. So far, the park has not been damaged.
WATCH | Here's how the fire looked from one Gatlinburg family's home.
Here's an official statement from Dollywood.
The state is providing coordinated resources, including Nat'l Guard, to help Gatlinburg, all those affected by devastating fires in GSMNP.— Gov. Bill Haslam (@BillHaslam) November 29, 2016
Gov. Bill Haslam deployed the National Guard to assist in fighting the fire.
The wind is not helping, and the rain is not here yet. These are the worst possible conditions imaginable.
Firefighters had hoped the storms expected for Monday night would help extinguish the fires, but the rain came later than expected. Strong winds ahead of the rain spread the flames and threatened to knock down trees, making hazardous conditions even tougher for firefighters battling the blaze on the ground.
Parched conditions in the South
The forecast rain may not end the drought. Rainfall totals have been 10 to 15 inches below normal during the past three months in much of the South.
In Mississippi, powerful storms downed trees and caused power outages for more than 23,000 people statewide. The storm system is also expected to help South Carolina, which is also battling fires.