PIGEON FORGE (WATE/AP) – Guests at Dollywood have been evacuated amid a series of raging wildfires.
Pete Owens with Dollywood said 19 cabins that were occupied within Dollywood Smoky Mountain Cabins were evacuated early Monday evening. He said they just evacuated Dollywood DreamMore Resort.
Owens said fire crews are in the park and are taking preventative measures to ensure all structures are intact at Dollywood. No structures are on fire and no persons have been injured.
Emergency officials in Tennessee say a wildfire has set 30 structures ablaze in Gatlinburg, including a 16-story hotel, and is at the edge of the Dollywood theme park.
Tennessee Emergency Management Agency spokesman Dean Flener says in a news release Monday night that mandatory evacuations were underway for areas in and around Gatlinburg, including the south part of Pigeon Forge, where Dolly Parton’s theme park is.