Dolly Parton Reacts to ‘Terrible’ Great Smoky Mountains Wildfires: ‘I Am Heartbroken’

Alex Ungerman
Entertainment Tonight

Dolly Parton's heart goes out to those affected by the Great Smoky Mountain fires.

The country legend responded with sorrow and prayer to the wildfires that have caused thousands to flee from the Tennessee foothills, and continue to affect the area surrounding the Dollywood theme park.


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"I have been watching the terrible fires in the Great Smoky Mountains and I am heartbroken," the 70-year-old singer-songwriter told ET in a statement. "I am praying for all the families affected by the fire and the firefighters who are working so hard to keep everyone safe."

"It is a blessing that my Dollywood theme park, the DreamMore Resort and so many businesses in Pigeon Forge have been spared," Parton added.


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"Wildfires in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains continue to affect several areas of Sevier County including Dollywood," representatives from Dollywood said in a statement to ET. "An assessment this morning revealed no damage to the Dollywood park itself but more than a dozen cabins managed through Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Cabins were damaged or destroyed."

"Last night, for the safety of our guests, resort staff evacuated families in 50 rooms staying at Dollywood's DreamMore Resort and families staying in 19 cabins at Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Cabins," the park's reps added. "For those interested in helping victims of the wildfires, contact the American Red Cross 1-800-Red Cross or text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate ten dollars to American Red Cross disaster relief."

CBS affiliate WDEF reports that the fire has now burned over 500 acres.

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