The Chimney Tops 2 fire has burned more than 17,000 acres as crews fight back against a blaze that was the ignition point for a historic fire.

That fire storm led to a massive evacuation Monday evening in Gatlinburg and the surrounding area.

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10News went on a frontline tour Friday morning to see the difficulties firefighters are facing.

Most crews are focusing on clearing hazardous trees and smothering heat-packed trunks that remain from what has been called a perfect fire storm.

"When you have winds like that, there isn't going to be much you can do with a fire like this."

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One message that officials and fire crews keep stressing is that recent rain has not cut down on the historically dry conditions.