As forest fires rage in East Tennessee, country music icon Dolly Parton has joined forces with the National Park Service– and Smokey the Bear— to bring attention to the dire situation.
In the new video clip below, Parton asks her fans to help protect the Great Smoky Mountains and other public lands around the Southeast by observing burn bans and reporting fires.
According to Tennessee’s Division of Forestry, 65 forest fires are presently active in the state, resulting in the burning of 15,510 acres. Officials hope that expected rainfall early this week will help put an end to the outbreak of forest fires, many of which they suspect have been set intentionally.
Out hearts go out to the individuals and communities impacted by this rash of forest fires. If anyone can make a bad situation better, it’s 70-year-old Dolly Parton.
Don’t forget that ‘Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love,’ will premiere via NBC on Wednesday, November 30th at 9/8 PM CT.
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