Smokies Strong telethon raises $270,000 to assist disaster relief

WBIR and other local stations are teaming up with American Red Cross of East Tennessee to help raise funds for wildfire relief . December 1, 2016.

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.

Related: How to help Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge fire evacuees

More: Resources available for evacuees and first responders

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

(© 2016 WBIR)


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