Chimney Rock closed due to wildfire at Lake Lure

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Chimney Rock, NC (November 10, 2016) – While the current forest fire in Lake Lure is not affecting Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, the North Carolina Forest Service asked Park officials to close the Park to ease congestion in the Village.

The Incident Command Team from NC Forest Service made the request to help ease traffic congestion while firefighters continue to fight the growing fire in Lake Lure.

Air quality in the Park is also a concern for guests and associates.

As of today, the fire that started at Party Rock in Lake Lure on Saturday, November 5, has grown to 885 acres and is 15 percent contained.

The fire is still moving in a north, northwesterly direction but is burning on both sides of Rumbling Bald Mountain, on the opposite side of the road from Chimney Rock.

Combined with extremely dry conditions, wind is still an issue for those fighting the fire. Air crews are still conducting air and retardant drops.

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park is located on Hwy. 64/74A in Chimney Rock, NC. Call 800-277-9611 or visit the park’s website, ChimneyRockPark.com or their Facebook page for updates on when the Park will reopen.

For up-to-date information from the Forest Service on the fire, visit the Town of Lake Lure’s website at townoflake.com or their Facebook page. A community phone bank has also been established at 828.513.2500.

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