Michael Luciano can be heard praying in a Washington Post video of his horrifying evacuation from the wildfires that engulfed 15,000 acres of land in East Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains this week.
While navigating an apocalyptic scene of fire, ash and smoke, he said, “Please Lord, let us get off this mountain.”
That’s just one story among the 14,000 people that evacuated the area as recovery efforts continue in Sevier County where this week’s wildfires destroyed more than 150 homes and businesses.
At least four people are now reported dead and 45 were treated for injuries in nearby hospitals. Hundreds of people have sought refuge in shelters, wondering what kind of home they will return to once the smoke clears.
Officials are calling the events the worst fire for Tennessee in a century.
CMT’s pro-social initiative, CMT One Country, supports the American Red Cross in their efforts to provide disaster relief to those affected by the wildfires. Donate $10 directly to the Red Cross by texting 90999. Volunteer opportunities nationwide are also available through the CMT One Country website.
Brad Paisley, Chris Young, Florida Georgia Line and Chris Janson are among the artists who have shown their support for East Tennessee on social media.
Heartbroken for Gatlinburg. Wow. Everyone be safe.
— Brad Paisley (@BradPaisley) November 29, 2016
I am so worried for everyone in Gatlinburg, TN… Please be safe…#prayingforgatlinburg
— ChrisYoungMusic (@ChrisYoungMusic) November 29, 2016
Join me in praying for the people & city of Gatlinburg and all of East TN 🙏🏼 may these fires come to a halt. sending lots of love. – BK pic.twitter.com/pjII4ykrUD
— Florida Georgia Line (@FLAGALine) November 29, 2016