Posted 11/17/2023

Even Dolly Parton's Dollywood has been affected by the recent drought conditions as they temporarily suspended entry Thursday into the Tennessee amusement park as wildfire crews battled nearby flames.

Park officials say they paused entry to allow fire crews enough room to assess the growing blaze in Sevier County east of Knoxville. Guests were again allowed to enter within 30 minutes.

According to the Tennessee Division of Forestry, the blaze was roughly two miles (3.2 km) from Dollywood.

 Authorities said later on Thursday that the 5-acre fire was 100% contained.