Nov. 12th, 11 am Update - Fire at Party Rock

Party Rock Fire News Release - 11/12/2016 AM

Incident: Party Rock Fire Wildfire
Released: 12 min. ago

For Immediate Release 11/12/2016; 11:00 a.m.

Contact: Fire Information Center, 828-513-2500 or

Party Rock Fire Continues to Spread – Voluntary Evacuation Announced

Due to the fire’s continued growth to the northwest, Buncombe County is issuing an immediate voluntary evacuation for the communities located on Shumont Road, Bald Mountain Road, Old Apple Wagon Road, Little Mountain Road, Frog Pond Way, Bucks Walk, Deer Run, Fawns Rest, and Gates Drive. Buncombe County emergency managers are working on shelter arrangements at this time.

The Party Rock Fire continues to grow in size even though overnight temperatures cooled and the relative humidity increased to 80%. The fire remains active on the northern, western and southern perimeters. The fire was visible last night, burning around and down Round Top Mountain. The fire footprint is still 1,914 acres and containment remains at 15 percent.

There are many individuals and organizations wanting to make donations of food, bottled water and other supplies; however, fire managers are requesting those wanting to make donations withhold at this time until drop points can be identified and communicated to area residents impacted by the fire.

A stretch of Highway 74-A leading into Chimney Rock Village from the north and south remains closed earlier this afternoon. More information on roads can be accessed via the NCDOT Travel Information Management System website at

Party Rock Fire information can be found on INCIWEB ( or on the Town of Lake Lure website ().