Wildfires Rage Near Dollywood

Published On November 30, 2016 | By Cheryl Johnstone | Country Music News

Wildfires in East Tennessee have already killed three people and destroyed more than 100 homes at press time. The fires in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and the surrounding towns in Sevier County, TN forced the evacuation of several hotels and cabins, including nearly two dozen at Dolly Parton’s Dollywood resort.

At press time, the fires had not damaged Dollywood theme park. Dean Flener, a spokesperson with the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, said the wildfires had reached “right on the doorstep” of Dollywood, but that crews had stopped the fires from breaching the park overnight.

Dolly, a native of the area, issued a statement on Tuesday, November 29th saying,

“I have been watching the terrible fires in the Great Smoky Mountains and I am heartbroken. 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.”

According to a spokesperson for Dollywood, park operation has been suspended through Wednesday, November 30th.

Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort is open on limited basis for those in need and for registered guests.

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