Fire at Party Rock - Instructions for Food & Beverage Donations

Local and Regional Outpouring of Donations Overwhelms NC Forest Service Command Center

Lake Lure, NC – Noting how much they were touched by the magnitude of generosity by residents and businesses, officials with the North Carolina Forest Service and the Town of Lake Lure continue to ask that all donations be directed to area shelters and specified drop points.

“There are many individuals and organizations wanting to make donations of food, bottled water and other supplies to our command center,” said Victoria Tillotson, Public Information Officer with the NC Forest Service.

However, as a matter of routine operations, the North Carolina Forest Service is a self-contained unit. When fires break out, such as has occurred in Lake Lure, sleeping accommodations as well as meal preparation is all coordinated by personnel with the Incident Command Team.

In Lake Lure, the Command Center as well as the "Tent City" are located at Lake Lure Town Hall and in Morse Park Field next door to Town Hall.

Anyone who has checked into either the NC Forest Service Incident Command Center (at Lake Lure Town Hall) or the Structure Protection Command Center at Morse Park Field can get their meals and to go lunches at the Food Tent. This includes all of the local and out of state firefighters. 

For Fairfield Mountains Volunteer Fire Department and Bill's Creek Volunteer Fire Department, there is a group of volunteers preparing and serving meals there specifically. They've prepared between 50 and 125 meals each day, and packed many more lunches to be taken to firefighters who are stationed on the fire lines.

While all the firefighters from Fairfield and Bill's Creek can eat at the Food Tent at Morse Park, it's a 30 minute drive around, and as such, a handful of volunteers have stepped in and taken care of the fire crews there. Many of them are evacuees from Rumbling Bald Resort who wish to help as a way of showing appreciation toward the firefighters.

As one volunteer coordinator said, "They're saving our houses so this is the very least we can do .....we want to do it."

If you would like to help the effort at Fairfield Mountains Volunteer Fire Department, they request Ingles Gift Cards with which to buy groceries. You may also phone the Fairfield Mountains Fire Department at 828-625-2488 to learn how you can help.

Overall, donations of food, water and supplies have overwhelmed many of local fire department drop off locations. Monetary donations to local service organizations or the specific fire departments is being incouraged instead.

For donations specifically to the Lake Lure Fire Department, you can write a check to The Town of Lake Lure, 2948 Memorial Highway, Lake Lure, NC 28746. In the "For" field, write - Lake Lure Fire Dept. contribution. You will receive a donation letter from the Town of Lake Lure for tax purposes.

"Everything that has been donated, particularly in those first few days is greatly appreciated," said Lake Lure Town Manager, Ron Nalley. "As more personnel came in from various agencies and this fire grew, the bottled beverages and snacks were just a great help to our front line folks and local crews."

Up until Tuesday, Nov. 15th, daily meal preparation was being coordinated for firefighters by an army of local volunteers working with Ingles Markets and the 1927 Lake Lure Inn and Spa.

The North Carolina Baptist Men's & Women's Association has now taken over meal preparation at the Tent City.  We are working on establishing a dedicated phone number to connect those who wish to volunteer with the resources where they can help. 

If you wish to continue to donate food, beverages and other supplies, please send an email to lakelurefiredonations@gmail.com

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