Three re­ported dead as wild­fires rage in south­east­ern US

The Myanmar Times - - World -

Three peo­ple have re­port­edly died in the US south­east as wild­fires bore down on a moun­tain­ous tourist re­gion home to a theme park founded by coun­try mu­sic leg­end Dolly Par­ton. The fires, lo­cated in the eastern part of Ten­nessee, have dam­aged or de­stroyed hun­dreds of struc­tures and caused thousands of evac­u­a­tions, au­thor­i­ties said. Not only are the fires threat­en­ing Ms Par­ton’s Dol­ly­wood, but they have also blazed through parts of the tourist ham­let of Gatlin­burg, one of the gate­ways to the area’s Great Smoky Moun­tains Na­tional Park. The fires have been fanned by high winds and fu­elled by parched veg­e­ta­tion af­ter the worst drought in nearly a decade. More than 14,000 res­i­dents and vis­i­tors had been evac­u­ated with more than 100 struc­tures dam­aged.

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