About Our People Legal Stuff Careers
Dolly Parton waves to guests at her latest attraction, Adventure Mountain, during the 25th anniversary celebration of the Dollywood Theme Park, Friday, March 26, 2010 in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

Dolly Parton said she is 'heartbroken' over the wildfires in Tennessee


Country music star Dolly Parton said she is "heartbroken" over the wildfires that have engulfed parts of east Tennessee and continue to edge closer to Dollywood, her theme park in Pigeon Forge. 

Parton is currently in Los Angeles filming "The Voice," but she said she is keeping an eye on what's happening back home. 

"I have been watching the terrible fires in the Great Smoky Mountains and I am heartbroken," she said in a statement obtained by ABC News. "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."

The wildfires, which have been blamed for at least three deaths, continue to burn in Sevier County, including Dollywood, according to Billboard

"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," according to a statement on Dollywood's website

Dollywood suspended park operations for Wednesday, Nov. 30, because of the fires.

Dollywood noted that resort staff evacuated families from 50 rooms at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and families in 19 cabins at Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins Monday night.

Gatlinburg Fire Chief Greg Miller told ABC News Tuesday morning that more than 2,000 people are in shelters because of the wildfires. 

A cheese advent calendar exists! This is not a drill.

WATCH | For more news you need, check out our 60 Second Circa.

Read Comments
Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest Linked In List Menu Enlarge Gallery Info Menu Close Angle Down Angle Up Angle Left Angle Right Grid Grid Play Align Left Search Youtube Mail Mail Angle Down Bookmark