Political leaders, country stars respond to Sevier County fire

(Courtesy: WATE)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – As damage assessments began to roll in Tuesday morning, local lawmakers, country stars and more began speaking out about the disaster.

Dolly Parton
“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.”

Gov. Bill Haslam
“The state is proving a coordinated response, including the National Guard, to help all those affected by the devastating wildfires burning in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and throughout the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. TEMA encourages residents in Sevier County to stay off mobile devices, unless it is an emergency, to prevent outage.”

In a later statement he added, “The destruction caused by the wildfires in east Tennessee is tragic. Our hearts go out to all those affected in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and throughout the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, one of our state’s most treasured natural resources. We will do all we can in the coming days and weeks to help these communities rebuild and recover. The state has worked with local officials to provide a coordinated, multi-agency response to help evacuate residents and visitors and contain the fires, and we are grateful to the emergency personnel who have worked tirelessly to help in these efforts.”

Tennessee Democratic Chair, Mary Mancini
“The historic wildfires in Sevier County are heartbreaking for the more than 14,000 families and many businesses in East Tennessee who have been affected. The Volunteer State is not just a nickname in Tennessee, it is a way a life and today is no different. Now, with so many volunteer opportunities and ways to donate through the East Tennessee American Red Cross, we must come together and help in any way that we can.”

President-Elect Donald Trump