Dolly Parton 'heartbroken' over Gatlinburg wildfires

Thousands evacuated in Gatlinburg and surrounding areas

GATLINBURG, TN - As wildfires devastate Gatlinburg, TN and the surrounding areas, country music star Dolly Parton took to social media to express her sadness for the families and first responders in the path of the fires.

Parton posted to her Facebook Page Tuesday saying she is heartbroken by the news.

"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."

"We want to provide a hand up to all those families that have lost everything in the fires," Parton said in a video released by the Dollywood Foundation. "And to recover, we want to make sure that the Dollywood Foundation provides a thousand dollars a month to all those families who have lost their homes in the fires until they get back up on their feet. I know it's been a trying time for my people, and this assistance will help."

So far, at least 100 structures have been destroyed and more than 14,000 people have been evacuated from the popular resort town and the National Guard has been called in to help.

Rain is forecast for the Gatlinburg area Tuesday and Wednesday. Firefighters hope the wet weather will help douse some of the flames.

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