New, heartbreaking footage of the sheer amount of destruction in the 15,000-acre area has emerged. The footage and photos show people only narrowly escaping the flames, only leaving at the very last minute. Other videos show just a few of the 700 buildings that have been totally destroyed by the disaster. These are the pictures of what many are calling an ‘apocalyptic’ scene.
Even popular parks and attractions like Ripley’s Aquarium and the Dollywood theme park have been forced to shut their doors and be evacuated.
Country singer Dolly Parton stated that she was heartbroken by the state of Sevier County, Tennessee. The wildfires have destroyed countless properties, and she decided to help her people in a big way.
She stated in an announcement, “We want to provide a hand up to all those families that have lost everything in the fires.”
And to recover, we want to make sure that the Dollywood Foundation provides a thousand dollars a month to all those families that have lost their homes in the fires until they get back up on their feet.”
She added, “I’ve always believed charity begins at home and my home is someplace special.”