Nov. 13 Update 2 from NC Forest Service

Party Rock Fire Continues to Advance Downhill to Evacuated Communities

As of the 4 pm this afternoon, the Party Rock Fire increased in size to 3,457 acres; containment remains at 15 percent. The fire was again active on all perimeters except the east side. The western edge of the fire moved further downhill overnight off Round Top Mountain and was at the woods line in some areas of Chimney Rock Village. Structure protection firefighters had hose lays deployed and were waiting for the fire to reach the wood’s edge before extinguishing it with water. This suppression strategy is used to completely combust all available fuel so reburn potential is minimized. The same firefighting strategy was also in play for homes located on the northern side of Boys Camp Road. Engines were staged at each home and hose lays were deployed. To the northeast, Rumbling Bald Resort has seen a similar slow advance of the fire and structure protection was in place. No structures have been lost to date.

Area residents did wake up to ground level smoke this morning. With the cloud cover forecast to be in place all day, the ground-level smoke may not fully ventilate until later this afternoon; some residual smoke could last into the evening hours. Should moderate to dense ground smoke occur, travelers are encouraged to adjust speed for reduced visibility on the roads. Area residents with respiratory ailments or sensitivities should keep their doors and windows closed and operate their HVAC system to avoid breathing smoke-filled air. Air Quality alerts can be obtained from the NWS at

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