Dolly Parton sends “prayer” for the Tennessee wildfires + confirms that “everything is okay” at Dollywood

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Dolly Parton is once again showing her support for her fellow Tennesseeans affected by the recent wildfires in her home state.

“It looks scary on TV, but I’m proud of how everyone in the area has pulled together like they always do,” the singer shared on socials. “I’m especially proud 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.”

The fires have caused an extensive mandatory evacuation in the Wears Valley Fire location, which is near Pigeon Forge. That’s close to Dolly’s birthplace of Sevierville, and is home to her theme park, Dollywood, though the singer assured fans that the park wasn’t impacted.

“During this time, I’ve also remained in touch with my people at Dollywood who have assured me that everything is okay there,” she noted.

Throughout her ascent to superstardom, Dolly has maintained close ties with her home state through her Dollywood Foundation. At present, the foundation’s website directs visitors wishing to support those affected by the fires in the Gatlinburg region to

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