Nov. 16 Update Two Party Rock Forest Fire

Containment of Party Rock Wildfire increases to 19 percent and expands to 4,4480 acres.

Firefighters are continuing to protect structures and construct containment lines around the fire. Fire managers are preparing for strong winds later this week that could increase the size of the fire.

Henderson County Emergency Management and law enforcement officials began implementing an evacuation of Highway 9 between the intersections of Highway 74-A and Shumont Road earlier today, (November 16). The evacuation notice includes all roads that connect to Highway 9. Evacuations were expected to be complete by 5 pm 

A shelter has been set up at Grace Lutheran Church, 1245 6th Avenue West in Hendersonville.

Residents of evacuated neighborhoods in the Boys Camp Road area were allowed to begin returning to their homes on Nov. 15.  To enter, residents must show proof of residence at the checkpoint by Boys Camp Road. Travel to this re-entry checkpoint must occur from the Lake Lure (south) side of Highway 74-A/64, and not from the Bat Cave (north) side of these roads.

The Village of Chimney Rock remains closed and there is no change in the status of other previous evacuations.

A Community Meeting was held today at Rumbling Bald Resort for residents of there. About 400 people attended a presentation by one of the public information officers from NC Forest Service.  The presentation included an overview of the current fire status, planned fire suppression operations, and anticipated fire behavior with the predicted strong winds later this week. There was also time for questions and answers.

A stretch of Highway 74-A leading into Chimney Rock Village from the north and south remains closed. Road information can be accessed on the NCDOT Travel Information Management System website at  https://tims.ncdot.gov/tims/regionsummary.aspx

Party Rock Fire information can be found on INCIWEB (http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/) or on the Town of Lake Lure Facebook page. Air Quality alerts can be obtained from the NWS at http://www.weather.gov/gsp/.