Crews continue to battle large western NC forest fires

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As more than a dozen forest fires continue to blaze throughout western North Carolina, prompting mass evacuations, crews push to contain the flames and limit further damage. Firefighters from several fire stations in the Piedmont Triad have been deployed to the area.

Fires and evacuations:

The Party Rock Fire is at 3,457 acres and is 15 percent contained. There are 376 people working to contain the fire, WLOS reports. There are mandatory evacuations in Rutherford County, Henderson County and Buncombe County.

The Tellico Fire is now at 13,676 acres with 39 percent of the fire being contained. 464 people are working to control the fire. Mandatory evacuations are in effect for people living in parts of Swain County.

The Boteler/Nantahala Branch Fire is about 8,700 acres with 37 percent containment. Several places in Macon and Clay counties have been evacuated due to the fire.

On the other side, evacuation orders in parts of Graham County have been lifted after progress continues to be made on the Maples Springs and Old Roughy fires.

The Maples Springs Fire is now 7,177 acres and the Old Roughy Fire is at 657 acres.

Several fire departments throughout the Piedmont Triad are in western North Carolina to assist.

For a complete list of updates on each fire, click here.

On their Facebook page, the Town of Lake Lure posted "Ten Facts You Can Count On" to give citizens the latest and most accurate wildfire update.


No. 2: Early this morning, the fire was slowly burning down to the woods line of CRV homes and businesses located just below Round Top Mountain. The installed back-fire coming off the mountain had very small flame lengths, no more than 1-2 feet.

No. 3: Structure protection continued throughout the night and is continuing at this very moment.

No. 4: All mandatory evacuations remain in place and will remain in place at least for the next 2-3 days. This is mainly because the fire is NOT contained beyond 15 percent. Those evacuations are in place for Chimney Rock Village and the Highway 74-A corridor to the Henderson County Line, Rumbling Bald Resort, excluding Apple Valley, and areas of Lake Lure, specific to Boys Camp Road. There are also some evacuations in Henderson and Buncombe County communities located close to the fire perimeter.

No. 5: Highway 74-A remains closed leading into Chimney Rock Village from the north and south. For road status, visit the NCDOT TIMS website. Only essential personnel and assigned volunteers are able to navigate within these areas.

No. 6: There are 256 personnel from NC Forest Service assigned to this fire. This does not include the hundreds of firefighters from all over the United States, also here battling the fire.

No. 7: The Party Rock Information Center, located at Lake Lure Town Hall can be reached by calling 828-513-2500. If you want information specific to your home, land or business, this is the number to call. Do not rely on random Facebook posts for that information.

No. 8: Gov. Pat McCrory issued a State of Emergency for all of Western North Carolina due to ongoing wildfires. The NC Forest Service had previously implemented a burn ban for the 26 Westernmost NC counties.

No. 9: Lake access remains restricted to emergency personnel and to individuals taking their boats out of the water in preparation for the Dec. 1 drawdown, which will continue as scheduled. Air crews will still be able to draw water from the lake if necessary.

No. 10: We do not know the cause of this fire. Any information speculating about the cause - intentional or unintentional is simply speculation. If you have information with which to share about it, you are strongly encouraged to call the Lake Lure Police Department. That number is 828-625-4911