“Wrecking Ball” star Miley Cyrus took to Instagram this week to send her positive thoughts to Gatlinburg, a tourist destination in Tennessee that has been ravaged by wildfires. The singer also mentioned her “fairy” godmother, Dolly Parton, whose Dollywood theme park was threatened by the blazes. It’s located in nearby Pigeon Forge.
Cyrus, 24, posted a picture of herself performing a duet with the country icon on “The Voice,” which aired Tuesday. “Love my fairy god mother @dollyparton and sending protective energy to the ever so sacred Dollywood and all of the homes/folks in TN who are experiencing this devastating fire!” the former Disney Channel star captioned an Instagram post Wednesday. Within minutes, the photo garnered more than 40,000 likes from her 56.4 million followers.
Dollywood was not harmed by the fires, but it did not open for business Wednesday. “We continue to assist fire fighters and rescue personnel in any way we can and will provide details of any further developments as and when they are available,” the park wrote Tuesday on its website.
Four people died from the historic flames, CNN reported Wednesday. At least 45 were injured and treated at Vanderbilt University Medical Center for burns. Over 250 buildings were reportedly damaged or destroyed.
Parton said Tuesday she felt devastated. “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,” the 70-year-old told People Magazine. “It is a blessing that my Dollywood theme park, the DreamMore Resort and so many businesses in Pigeon Forge have been spared.”
Dollywood will not resume operation until Friday.
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