Dolly Parton Is ‘Heartbroken’ Following Latest News From Tennessee Wildfires

Katie Jerkovich | Contributor

Dolly Parton reacted to the “terrible” news of the massive wildfires burning in the smoky mountains near “Dollywood” in Tennessee.

On Tuesday, the 70-year-old singer said her thoughts and prayers went out to all those affected by the devastating fire that had, as of Tuesday night destroyed, 15,000 acres, forced thousands of people out of their homes and left three people dead. (RELATED: Dolly Parton: Americans Want ‘Real Change’ This November)

(Photo: Valerie Macon/Getty Images)

(Photo: Valerie Macon/Getty Images)

“I have been watching the terrible fires in the Great Smoky Mountains and I am heartbroken,” Parton said in a statement to Entertainment Tonight. “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.”

“Wildfires in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains continue to affect several areas of Sevier County including Dollywood,” a spokesperson for the theme park told the outlet. “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.”

A wildfire burns on a hillside after a mandatory evacuation was ordered in Gatlinburg, Tennessee in a picture released November 30, 2016. Tennessee Highway Patrol/Handout via REUTERS

(photo: Highway Patrol/Handout via REUTERS)

“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.”

At one point Monday night, some reports had come out that the theme park was threatened by the raging fire. Those reports where later corrected to say that the park was not in the line of fire only the area surrounding the amusement park but evacuations of some of the cabins did take place as a precautionary step.

To help the firefighters Dollywood park is closed and will remain closed until Friday afternoon.

“Thanks to the hard work by community firefighters and first responders, Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort is open to guests,” a statement on their website read. “The Dollywood theme park will resume normal operation on Friday, December 2 at 2 p.m.”

Katie Jerkovich

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