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Dolly Parton prays for all affected by the devastating Tennessee wildfire near her hometown

Dolly Parton prays for all affected by the devastating Tennessee wildfire near her hometown

Taking to Instagram, the country music icon shared an incredibly touching message with those affected by the wildfire.

Dolly Parton is showing her support for people who were in the path of Tennessee wildfires, that have been raging near her hometown. On Thursday, the country music legend took to Instagram to share an incredibly touching message with residents who were affected. 

"I've been keeping up with everything going on with the fires near my home area. It looks scary on TV, but I'm proud of how everyone in the area has pulled together like they always do," read the post. She went on to note how proud she is of the "brave men and women who are working to contain the fire."

"I know there are some folks who have been affected, and I hope that you will join me in saying a prayer for them," continued the 'Jolene' singer. "During this time, I've also remained in touch with my people at Dollywood who have assured me everything is okay there," she concluded mentioning her amusement park in Pigeon Forge.



 

The 76-year-old native of Sevierville, Tennessee, penned the message shortly after the Hatcher Mountain/Indigo Lane fire began on Wednesday. Per an update from Sevier County officials over the weekend, the Hatcher Mountain wildfire is 98% contained while the Seymour fire is 60% contained.

Like always, Parton is doing her part in helping the community with her nonprofit, The Dollywood Foundation. It has currently partnered with Mountain Tough, an organization that is providing resources and support for those who have been affected by the Sevier County fires, reports PEOPLE.



 

A total of about 2,498 acres have been devastated due to the deadly wife and around 300 structures were affected due to the Hatcher Mountain fire, revealed incident commander Bruce Miller who is with the Tennessee Forestry Division. While Sevier County officials noted that all the affected areas of the Hatcher Mountain fire are now open, they urged the public in the affected areas to be cautious as emergency crews continue to work, reports WBIR.

Miller added that the Dupont fire in Seymour near Blount-Sevier County has burned 678 acres and warned that the smoke might be visible from the Dupont fire in the coming days due to the mop-up and control efforts that will be carried out by crews in that area. As for Saturday, no fatalities were reported with only one injured civilian.

The man was a contractor working excavation on a house that was near the blaze. Identified as Bradley Slone Jr. by his wife, he is said to be struggling with pain and swollen very badly. Moreover, two firefighters were also treated for minor injuries at the scene while they were taming the fire. 

Cover image source: Getty | Photo by Mike Coppola

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