Nov. 21 Update Two from NC Forest Service

All Roads Open, All Evacuations Cancelled. No Further Donations Needed

Fire Danger Remains

Nov. 21 - All roads that had been closed due to the Party Rock Fire at Lake Lure are now open and all evacuation orders and pre-evacuation notices were cancelled as of noon today.

However, fire managers would like to remind citizens that the fire danger remains very high because of the ongoing drought and that they should continue vigilance in watching for fire information and hazards.

Today, North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture Steve Troxler extended the open burning ban to an additional 22 counties. For more information on that ban please visit ncforestservice.gov/.

“The fuels cannot get any drier,” said John Cook, a Fire Behavior Analyst on the Party Rock Fire. “They are at historically dry levels right now, and humidity levels have been very low as well.”

No rain is in the forecast for Tuesday with only a chance of showers on Wednesday, therefore everyone is asked to use extreme caution with anything that could cause another fire. Two new wildfires were reported in McDowell County over the weekend.

Because of the continued progress on the Party Rock Fire, resources are now being released to other fires or to return home. No further donations of any kind are needed to support the remaining fire fighters.

The Brandon Incident Management Team would like to extend a special thank you to the citizens of the Lake Lure and Chimney Rock Village communities and surrounding areas for their outpouring of generosity to those involved with fighting the Party Rock Fire.