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Christians urged to pray for families affected by "inferno" wildfires

Thousands of people have been forced to evacuate their homes due to fires in the Smoky Mountains National Park area, while blazes are also burning in Georgia and North Carolina.

Christian music director and radio presenter in Knoxvillege, Jonathan Unthank, told Premier: "There's still a lot of work that needs to be done [and] a lot of hurting folks right now because they don't have a home to go back to; [they've] losted their businesses and livelihoods as well.

"[Pray] for God's peace because this has taken everybody by surprise. The Bible tells us that God gives us a peace that passes all understanding and that's what I believe people are needing right now."

There are hopes storms on Tuesday will help tackle the almost 28,000-acre Rough Ridge Dire in north Georgia and the nearly 25,000-acre Rock Mountain Fire which has spread from Georgia into North Carolina.

Emergency service officials say no deaths have been reported.

Jonathan Unthank went on to say: "When you have 90 mile per hour gusts and then drought and then wildfires, it's setting you up for trouble, so just within a matter of hours it was pretty much an inferno in the Gatlinburg area."

Click here to listen to Jonathan Unthank speaking with Premier's Alex Williams:

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