Nov. 11th Update: Forest Fire at Party Rock

Mandatory Evacuations Implemented after Major Fire Runs Overnight

For Immediate Release 11/11/2016; 12:00 noon

Contact: Fire Information Center, 828-513-2500 or partyrockfireinfo@gmail.com

 Evacuations Being Implemented After Major Fire Runs Overnight

Lake Lure – Portions of Chimney Rock and Lake Lure communities are now under evacuation orders due to the Party Rock Fire. The evacuation was prompted by a major fire run up to and crossing the Shumont Mountain containment line this morning.

The level of evacuation varies as follows:

·       There is a mandatory evacuation of Chimney Rock Village from the intersection of Boys Camp Road and Highway 74 to the Hickory Nut Falls Campground Bridge intersection with Highway 74.

·       There is a mandatory evacuation for those residents and business owners located on Boys Camp Road, from the Highway 74 intersection to the Burnt Ridge Road intersection.

·       There is a voluntary evacuation for residents and business owners located on South Side Drive from the Flowering Bridge west to the Hickory Nut Falls Campground Bridge intersection with Highway 74.

·       There is a pre-evacuation notice for residents from Hickory Nut Falls Campground Bridge intersection with Highway 74 to the county line.

·       Residents located from Burnt Ridge Road intersection and Boys Camp Road, to the end of Boys Camp Road will be allowed to remain in their homes, but must provide identification to gain home re-entry. 

“We know this evacuation is a great inconvenience to our communities, but the importance to protect life is our highest priority”, noted both Mayors of Chimney Rock and Lake Lure.

Evacuees with special needs or disability are requested to call 911. Evacuee shelter information is as follows:

Bills Creek Baptist Church                                        Greenhill Baptist Church

1475 Bills Creek Rd                                                   1941 US 64-74A Hwy

Lake Lure, NC 28746                                                 Rutherfordton, NC 28139

828-625-4956                                                             828-287-2170

Party Rock Fire information can be found on INCIWEB (http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/) or on the Town of Lake Lure website ().

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