Music legend Dolly Parton asks for prayers after fire scorches 3,700 acres around Pigeon Forge
"It looks scary on TV, but I'm proud of how everyone in th area has pulled together like they always do," Parton wrote on Instagram.
PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. -- A wildfire that has burned over 100 structures in the hills near Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is nearing full containment, Tennessee Wildland Fire officials said.
Just over 3,700 acres of land have been scorched from the Hatcher Mountain Road/Indigo Lane Fire, but firefighters now report 85% containment.
Evacuations remain in place for the Shagbark resort and Hatcher Mountain, Cove Creek and Indigo Roads, according to Sevier County Emergency Management. Several roads in the area remain closed to allow easier emergency vehicle access.
The fire is burning in the region that is home to country music legend Dolly Parton and Dollywood. Parton took to Instagram to express support for those affected by the fires.
"I've been keeping up with everything going on with the fires near my home area," Parton wrote. "It looks scary on TV, but I'm proud of how everyone in the area has pulled together like they always do. I'm especially proud of the brave men and women who are working to contain the fire."
She then asked for prayers for those who have been affected by the fire.
Parton says she's been assured everything is OK around her Dollywood estate.
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A second fire in a remote area near the Blount County/Sevier County line, called the Millstone Gap fire, has burned 800 acres so far and has zero containment.
Investigators are still trying to determine was sparked the initial flames.
The Pigeon Forge Community Center is open as a shelter while the Seymore Heights Christian Church will remain open as needed.