Emergency officials say the death toll from Tennessee wildfires this week has risen to 11.

Tennessee Emergency Management Agency spokesman Dean Flener said in a statement Thursday night that one additional death has been found in Sevier County.

Earlier Thursday, Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters said that authorities had discovered three additional deaths.

Authorities are still working to positively identify the remains.

A National Guardsman helping to fight the wildfires that descended on the city of Gatlinburg and the surrounding area Monday night posted a photo of a burned flag recovered from the scene, as well as a message of resilience.

"Being a soldier, it makes me swell with pride knowing that Ole Glory can take a beating, but she like the East Tennessee spirit, shall never be destroyed!".

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Meanwhile, authorities have arrested a man on charges of setting an eastern Tennessee wildfire that burned 65 acres.

The state Department of Agriculture says its Agricultural Crime Unit and Sequatchie County authorities charged 24-year-old Dakota Ashton Tucker of Monteagle with deliberately setting a fire Nov. 14 in Sequatchie County.

Tucker is being held in Grundy County jail and additional charges are pending.

A conviction would carry a sentence of one to six years in jail and up to $3,000 in fines.

More than 1,400 wildfires have burned across Tennessee this year. Officials suspect almost half of them are arson.

Tucker is one of several people charged in setting wildfires in Tennessee recently.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has declared a state of emergency to expedite aid to victims of the wildfires and storms ravaging eastern Tennessee.

The Republican governor on Thursday suspended certain state laws and eased other requirements to help victims of the storms. He gave the commissioner of Commerce and Insurance discretion to assist policyholders even when premium payments have been delayed, and waived fees for the issuance of driver's licenses and other identification for victims of the disasters. His order freed up medical professionals licensed in other states to help Tennessee victims.

Wildfires descended on the city of Gatlinburg and the surrounding area Monday night and were followed by tornadoes and other destructive storms in eight eastern Tennessee counties.