Dolly Parton’s Dollywood Theme Park Temporarily Closes Due to Wildfire
Operations at Dolly Parton's Dollywood theme park have been temporarily suspended, as a devastating wildfire has made its way through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
The fire -- which has reportedly claimed more than 100 homes -- incited mandatory evacuations throughout the park's guest cabins as well as the Tennessee towns Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
An official statement released via the theme park's official site says Dollywood will be closed through Wednesday, November 30, though the park has reported no damage to its structures so far.
"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," the statement read. "As the cities continue to assess the damage and impact of the fires, Dollywood has suspended park operation for Wednesday, November 30."
The statement continued, saying, "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."
More than 1,000 Tennessee residents have reportedly been affected by the wildfire, which Dean Flener -- a spokesperson for the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency -- says landed "right on the doorstep" of Dollywood, but was combated by firefighters who worked to stop the damage from progressing overnight, according to ABC.
Parton released her own statement via The Hollywood Reporter, 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."
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