Dozens of people are trapped inside the Gatlinburg Park Vista Hilton Hotel as smoke and flames from a wildfire lick the building (center). Thousands of tourists and residents have fled the Great Smoky Mountains while the fires rip through Eastern Tennessee. Locals report cars bursting into flames, the sky brown with smoke and flames closing in on homes around the resort towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge on Monday. Motorists clogged the roads after the Gatlinburg Fire Department ordered the mandatory evacuation of the town at just after 6pm, as strong wind conditions fanned the flames making the fire increasingly unpredictable and dangerous.
READ MORE: Terrified guests are TRAPPED inside burning Hilton hotel as huge wildfire engulfs Tennessee resort of Gatlinburg, while thousands of residents evacuate, and cars burst into flames driving through fire