Three reported dead as wildfires rage in southeastern US
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.