Dolly Parton and Smokey Bear team up to promote wildfire preparedness as drought continues across the south

Blog Post created by lisamariesinatra Employee on Nov 28, 2016

Tennessee native and country music star, Dolly Parton, with help from her friend Smokey Bear, are teaming up to help in the fight against forest fires in the Smoky Mountain region.

A new video PSA created by the National Park Service spotlights Smokey and Ms. Parton, who urges Tennessee residents to take action to help prevent forest fires by following a few simple but key steps, including observing all burn bans and tying up trailer chains to keep them from sparking and igniting a fire.


Watch the video below:


To date, according to the state Division of Forestry, there are close to 65 active wildfires in Tennessee burning more than 15,000 acres. Thankfully, most are nearly contained. But with the warmer temperatures and severe drought conditions affecting most of the state and across the south, there is still an increased risk for more fires to ignite.


Learn more about what you can do before a wildfire threatens your area. Find tip sheets, toolkits, project ideas and more at and at