Smokies Strong telethon raises $270,000 to assist disaster relief
WBIR and WTNZ FOX 43 joined with WATE and WVLT on Thursday to raise money for Sevier County wildfire relief through a telethon with the American Red Cross of East Tennessee.
Donations to assist with disaster relief poured in from 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. to raise $270,000.
People can continue to make a $10 donation by texting “REDCROSS” to 90999.
The 15,653-acre fire killed 11 people, and at least 80 more sought medical treatment. The fire burned more than 700 buildings in Sevier County and Gatlinburg.
Photo Gallery: Sevier County wildfire