LAKE LURE (WSPA) – The Hendersonville Times News reports 25 – 30 homes have been evacuated on Quail Ridge including Huntington Rd.
Blue Bird Road
Bald Mountain Crescent
Big Rock Lane
The town of Lake Lure has declared a state of emergency due to a spreading forest fire.
It is now 344 acres and is at 30 percent containment.
They say the Party Rock Fire that started on November 5 at Rumbling Bald Mountain has crossed over some fire lines.
They says it has spread beyond the initial 60 acres and is moving north toward some areas of Rumbling Bald Resort.
All residents in those areas had already been alerted.
Residents are being notified door-to door and will need to leave immediately, according to the town.
They want you to be prepared by getting together personal possessions, including medications, important documents and pets.
Temporary housing for evacuees will be arranged through Rumbling Bald Resort by calling 828.694.3046.
They say changing weather conditions, very challenging topography, and despite best efforts by local and regional firefighters to contain the blaze, sections of the wildfire continue to spread.
The declaration of a State of Emergency allows for evacuations, restriction of access to the area of the emergency and it initiates the Town’s emergency action plan.
The fire is specifically located in Lake Lure, NC on public and private property. The Rumbling Bald Climbing Access and all backcountry accesses to Rumbling Bald Mountain remain closed until further notice.
The containment is on the south side of the fire, effectively protecting homes along Boys Camp Road and Carsons Way.
Residents will begin noticing more aircraft flying over in the coming days, as there are now seven aviation resources devoted to this fire.
There are currently three heavy air tankers working on the fire. These aircraft are dropping fire retardant. Each air tanker drop provides 1,500 gallons of fire retardant, for a combined drop of 4,500 gallons.
In addition to the heavy air tankers, there is one helicopter, continuing to make water drops, one scout plane, which serves as the ‘eyes in the sky,’ one lead plane, to lead the heavy air tankers to the drop sites, and one air attack plane, which coordinates all of the aviation activity from above.
A burning ban is in effect for all of Western North Carolina until further notice.
Individuals are asked to avoid this area if at all possible.
Please follow the Town’s Website, Town’s Facebook Page and the Fire Department’s Facebook Page for further updates.
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